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Badlands Petrified Gardens

I-90 use Exit 152, Kadoka, SD 57543
+1 605-837-2448
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Cool...but don't go out of your way.

My wife really LOVES petrified wood. I believe it's her favorite, so we definitely had to stop... read more

Reviewed 3 October 2016
So cool!

We loved this place! We weren't sure about it at first, but decided to stop by just for fun, and we... read more

Reviewed 15 September 2016
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I-90 use Exit 152, Kadoka, SD 57543
+1 605-837-2448
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Reviewed 3 October 2016

My wife really LOVES petrified wood. I believe it's her favorite, so we definitely had to stop here since it was literally off of I-90 and was on the way home. The cost to view it was definitely cheap, so no complaints there. The overall...More

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Reviewed 15 September 2016 via mobile

We loved this place! We weren't sure about it at first, but decided to stop by just for fun, and we really enjoyed it! This place is family owned and the owner will tell you all kinds of interesting information about the area and the...More

Thank Augustandwally
Reviewed 15 September 2016 via mobile

Excellent collection of petrified wood found in the South Dakota Black Hills area. The pieces have been transported to this site, so you cannot see where they were found but the collection is worth seeing for anyone fascinated by the wonders of our planet.

Thank Susan S
Reviewed 17 August 2016

We stopped in on our way to the Badlands. They has RV parking for 1. We were in a 35 ft RV with a 25 ft. trailer. There was a coupon for $ off on the brochure. There is a small gift shop. They had...More

Thank phislamajama
Reviewed 14 August 2016 via mobile

If you like petrified wood and rocks this is the place to visit! History of the area, types of rocks identified and a gift shop with LOTS of selections. Dinosaur bones and fossils there too.

Thank sallym420
Reviewed 10 August 2016

The gardens are anticlimactic. It was worth going to because the gift shop had a lot of cool souvenirs. I would recommend going though to say that you have gone. If you like petrified wood, this is the place for you to be.

Thank Cmkastanek
Reviewed 9 July 2016

Since we have been to the Petrified Forest, we have seen a lot of petrified wood already, but this was a neat stop to break up the trip. You can tell its an old roadside attraction, but the prices are reasonable for the rocks and...More

Thank rdaniel911
Reviewed 4 July 2016 via mobile

Family-run business, that I well kept! We were unsure what to expect, but once we walked around & observed, we were pleasantly surprised with the preservation of the items they were showcasing!

Thank Elizabeth F
Reviewed 22 June 2016

I know, who wants to see a bunch of rocks? But it was quite interesting for a 30-45 minute tour. I enjoyed the colorful rocks and they also had a gift shop for purchasing unique souvenirs. They provided information and it was friendly for handicapped...More

Thank Anne C
Reviewed 17 May 2016 via mobile

Found it interesting and admission was only $6. Sections on both rocks and trees. Budget about 45 minutes for the museum.

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This is a question for people who have been to the Badlands Petrified Gardens as well as the Petrified Forest National Park in Arizona............. Which is better??? If I have been to Petrified Forest NP is it worth the time to go to the Badlands Petrified Gardens?? Thanks for input.
26 February 2015|
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Response from Robert C | Reviewed this property |
The one in South Dakota contains samples that have been collected from the area and moved to be displayed within the walls of the privately owned Gardens. They are nice to see, but there probably isn't anything there that... More