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Roberts Prairie Dog Town

Badlands National Park, South Dakota USA

Free
Free to Visit
Closed Now
Opens Tue 8a
  • Independent
  • Credit Cards
    not Accepted
  • Wheelchair
    Accessible
  • No Public
    Restrooms
  • No Wifi

“cute lil critters!”

Once a homestead, the site today contains one of the country's largest (if not the largest) colonies of black-tailed prairie dogs.

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Reviewed by
gleason1

  • 23 Reviews
  • 4 Helpful
August 04, 2015
Rated 3.0

Definitely stop to see the badlands but note that there is prairie dog holes right before you enter the badlands. You don't have to drive the extra 4 miles on a bumpy narrow gravel road to see them.

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Reviewed by
batmancop

  • 19 Reviews
  • 3 Helpful
August 18, 2017
Rated 4.0

This is a colony of prairie dogs that are located just about where Sage Creek Road meets Rim Road. It's the largest colony I saw the entire time we were in the region. They don't seem to have any fear of humans, so you can get pretty close. Note however, that their fleas may carry the plague, so you are discouraged from actually petting or getting too close.

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Reviewed by
KhrystsinaW

  • 12 Reviews
  • 0 Helpful
August 21, 2016
Rated 5.0

Absolutely awesome! There are prairie dogs right by the Ranch Store as well, much closer to the highway. Be careful driving in the areas where they live. Unfortunately, too many of them get killed by cars :(

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Reviewed by
JRSummey

  • 10 Reviews
  • 0 Helpful
July 31, 2015
Rated 3.0

they are everywhere but we camped at sage creek and had all the prairie dogs you ever want to see

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Reviewed by
TinaSan

  • 8 Reviews
  • 1 Helpful
July 27, 2015
Rated 5.0

I backtracked to see the prairie dogs, but it was absolutely worth it! The road where this is located is off the main path, but it offers spectacular views of the badlands. The prairie dogs were adorable. Two female prairie dogs didn't seem to be bothered by my presence. They let me inch up to them until I was about 3 feet away. At one point, one of them surprised me by coming up from behind and was grazing very close to me. I spent hours photographing them (I still used a telephoto lens to get amazing shots). One of my favorite parts of the badlands.

Bring a bag chair and seat yourself amongst them. You can sit on the ground like I did, but you'll walk away covered in prairie dog urine - not the best smell.

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Anna Hider

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  • 437 Helpful
April 22, 2015
Rated 5.0

Oh my God! SO cute. They're so chatty and busy and there are so many of them that you can get totally absorbed in just watching them scamper around. They're a little too shy to let you get too close, but they're tons of fun to watch. A lot of them stay underground but if you go around midday, you'll see more of them. There are hundreds! It's like a little city.

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Roberts Prairie Dog Town

Badlands National Park
South Dakota
USA

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Closed Now
  • Sun - Sat: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

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  • Independent
  • Credit Cards not Accepted
  • Wheelchair Accessible
  • No Public Restrooms
  • No Wifi
  • Free Parking
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