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From multi-day and multi-city itineraries, to scenic drives filled with history and wildlife, we have a route for you! Choose a selection from one of our three drop-down menus to plan a route to and around the park.

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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.

Beartooth Pass near Beartooth Highway

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

Sheridan
Hardin
Billings
Columbus
Big Timber
Livingston
Gardiner
Red Lodge
Wall
Rapid City
Sturgis
Deadwood
Spearfish
Sundance
Gillette
Buffalo
Cooke City
Belfield
Glendive
Miles City
Forsyth