Badlands, SD to Yellowstone
Via NE Yellowstone Entrance: 532 miles
Via N Yellowstone Entrance: 605 miles
Start at the Badlands in South Dakota
Start your Yellowstone vacation by touring Badlands National Park in South Dakota and Mt. Rushmore National Monument. Then enjoy a gambling stop in Deadwood, a great Western town before traveling though the beautiful Black Hills of South Dakota and NE Wyoming.
Once in Wyoming, head for Devils Tower, the country’s first national monument. Enjoy great scenery traveling through the Big Horn region in north-central Wyoming before heading north into Billings, Montana.
Two Choices for Routes to Yellowstone
From Billings you have two choices on this route… head south to Red Lodge and over one of America’s most scenic stretch of highway, the Beartooth Scenic Byway (pictured), which reaches 10,000 feet and lies between Red Lodge and the NE Entrance to Yellowstone Park. Or, at Billings, continue west on I-90 to Livingston, Montana, before heading south through Montana’s aptly named Paradise Valley and enter Yellowstone via Gardiner, Montana, and the Park’s North Entrance.
The toughest part about this route is both spurs are worth taking!
Towns Included on This Itinerary