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Denver to Badlands National Park drive in 1 day

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 Sterling (Colorado)
 Sidney (Nebraska)
 Chimney Rock National Historic Site
   Badlands National Park 
2 travelers   /   driving   /   1 day   /   no pets   /   no RV


Denver to Badlands National Park road trip planner

Here's a sample itinerary for a drive from Denver to Badlands National Park. If you're planning a road trip to Badlands National Park, you can research locations to stop along the way. Traveling with a dog or cat? View pet-friendly stops between Denver and Badlands National Park. Camping along the way? View RV campgrounds between Denver and Badlands National Park. Find the best hotels, restaurants, and attractions based on the most talked about places recommended by Trippy members.

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9:00 am  start in Denver
drive for about 1.5 hours

10:25 am  Brush
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 11:25 am
drive for about 52 minutes

12:17 pm  Sterling (Colorado)
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 1:17 pm
drive for about 54 minutes

2:11 pm  Sidney (Nebraska)
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 3:11 pm
drive for about 1 hour

4:13 pm  Chimney Rock National Historic Site
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 5:13 pm
drive for about 52 minutes

6:05 pm  Alliance
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 7:05 pm
drive for about 2.5 hours

9:43 pm  arrive at Badlands National Park

driving ≈ 7.5 hours

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Enter a city to drive through on the way from Denver to Badlands National Park.

Where does my trip begin?

Your starting point is Denver, Colorado.

You can enter an exact street address if you want to get precise directions, but this is optional.

How many cars do we need?

Since there are only 2 travelers, we assume you're driving 1 car. You can adjust the number of people traveling at the top. We assume a maximum of 4 passengers per car, but you can change the number of cars to fit your situation.

Where should I stop along the way?


Sterling (Colorado)

Sidney (Nebraska)

Chimney Rock National Historic Site  (2 mentions)


Where does my trip end?

Your final destination is Badlands National Park.

You can enter the exact street address of your destination, but this is optional.

What are some things to do in Badlands National Park?

This section could be endless, so rather than trying to suggest every local activity or attraction, we'll leave it open-ended.

Of course, Trippy is the perfect place to ask questions because there's an entire community of travelers talking to each other and sharing tips and advice. Trippy is where you can get answers personalized for your tastes, budgets, trip dates & more!

Click the button below to explore more questions and answers related to Badlands National Park.

Do I really have to go back home?

Yes, even this step is optional, because if you're on vacation who wants the trip to end? It's okay, you can start planning your next trip!

Want to plan the trip back? Get the reverse directions for a Badlands National Park to Denver drive, or go to the main page to plan a new road trip.

You can also compare the travel time if you're flying or driving by calculating the distance from Denver to Badlands National Park. Or get a full Denver to Badlands National Park flight plan.

Don't forget about exploring your own hometown with a staycation. You can also find some cool day trips or get away for a weekend. Maybe try typing in a faraway location like London, Hong Kong, or Sydney, and get inspired for your dream trip around the world.

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At a Glance
without making any stops
total driving distance is 404 miles
driving time of 6 hours, 39 minutes
152 Denver travel answers
27 Badlands National Park travel answers


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