2020 National Parks Trip – Day 11 Itinerary

Badlands National Park

My 2020 National Parks Road Trip Itinerary

As I began to plan my 2020 National Parks Road Trip that I outlined for you a few weeks back, I began to realize how beneficial it might be for me to share the process I use to plan long road trips.  Believe it or not, even though they don’t include air travel or the other complexities associated with fly-and-stay travel, road trips can be surprisingly difficult to plan.  This is especially true during a global pandemic.  That is why I have chosen to share my detailed road trip itinerary and planning process with you in case it might help you in navigating the planning process for your next big road trip.  I have included links to each day’s itinerary plan, as well as the main itinerary article, below to assist you with navigation.

Main Itinerary Article
Day 1 – Driving to Colorado
Day 2 – Visiting Rocky Mountain National Park
Day 3 – Climbing Gray’s Peak
Day 4 – Visit The Great Sand Dunes National Park
Day 5 – Visit Mesa Verde NP and Canyon of the Ancients
Day 6 – Visit Canyonlands National Park
Day 7 – Explore Capitol Reef National Park
Day 8 – Drive to Great Basin National Park
Day 9 – Explore Shoshone Falls and Craters of the Moon
Day 10 – Explore Yellowstone National Park
Day 11 – Visit Little Bighorn and Badlands National Park
Day 12 – Drive Home

Day’s Driving Map

Since we will be camping in very close proximity to the Little Bighorn Battlefield, there won’t be a lot of driving first-thing in the morning.  However, we will need to drive from the battlefield to Badlands National Park later in the day.  I have included a map below that outlines that drive.

Summer Parks Trip - Day 11 Driving Map

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Day’s Itinerary

  • See the Little Bighorn National Battlefield
  • Drive to Badlands National Park
  • Explore Badlands National Park
  • Camp for the night near Badlands National Park

What to See

We will be making two stops to explore two different areas on this day.  First, we will be visiting the Little Bighorn National Battlefield to experience the history at that site.  Then, we will be making our way eastward to Badlands National Park to explore that park before settling down at a campground for the night.

Little Bighorn National Battlefield

Little Bighorn Battlefield Map

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Badlands National Park

Badlands National Park - Top Things to See Map

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Sage Creek Basin Overlook
Badlands Wilderness Overlook
Hay Butte Overlook
Pinnacles Overlook
Ancient Hunters Overlook
Yellow Mounds Overlook
Conata Basin Overlook
Homestead Overlook
Burns Basin Overlook
Prairie Wind Overlook
Panorama Point
Bigfoot Pass Overlook
White River Valley Overlook
Big Badlands Overlook
Red Shirt Table Overlook

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Where to Stay

Summer Parks Trip - Day 11 Campgrounds Map

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