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The two RV Gypsies at Badlands Petrified Gardens
I90-Exit 152 on Highway 16
Kadoka, South Dakota
phone '605.837.2448
May 16, 2016

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Badlands Petrified Gardens is an unique outdoor park with supposedly the largest petrified trees & logs ever found in the Badlands area, plus an indoor museum features prehistoric Badlands mammal & sea fossils, extensive florescent mineral display, agates, rock, mineral & crystal specimens. Open mid-April to late October.

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Badlands Petrified Gardens Entrance fence Badlands Petrified Gardens

The Gardens were a grassy compound, hidden from non-paying customers behind a high fence (as shown in the above photos), dotted with petrified wood stumps, logs, and piles.

"Collected here so that all may see one of the wonders of nature" says one of the attraction's many signs. The signs serve as substitutes for a tour guide, and somehow it's funnier to read than to hear statements such as, "The ends of this log look as if beavers gnawed them."

Black Hills Badlands Association sign sign: Story of Petrified Wood
sign: answers to questions
petrified log petrified log
Breccia petrified wood
petrified log agate hollow center
petrified wood agatized stump
petrified tree petrified stumps
broken log petrified wood
worm holes
worm holes
worm trails
sign about hard shelled lizard
hard shelled lizard imprint
preserved log
preserved log
rose quartz sign
rose quartz
rose quartz white quartz
petrified tree Karen Duquette
sign: Lepidolite
Pine Ride Indian Reservation house
Pine Ride Indian Reservation house
Karen Duquette's reflection
sign: Tufa rock Tufa rock
Cave Onyx
Cave Onyx
iron pyrite - fools gold petrified wood
yellow Lepidolite yellow Lepidolite
sign - price to by petrified wood rose quartz pieces
Badlands Yucca sign
Badlands Yucca
Badlands Yucca
big sign about Badlands plants and animals

A particularly large, very complicated sign gives a biblical chronology of the Earth, with a precise 371 days assigned to the Flood.

Biblical time chart

Another particularly large, very complicated sign of a Geological Time chart.

geological time chart

Indoors, a small museum includes a fluorescent rock display (the promised Atomic Rainbow) and lots of rocks sitting on little hand-built shelves -- with yet more helpful signs. Two of the two RV Gypsies' favorite exhibits, unique to this museum, were, "Granite drill holes from Washington's nose," and, "Mud boulder resembles ham." (photos are shown below)

Granite drill holes from Washington's nose Mud boulder resembles ham
fossil turtles Mud boulder resembles ham
Separian Nodule Separian Nodule
dinosaur track sign dinosaur track
gem stones buffalo fossil
dinosaur bones polished tree trunk
sand crystals sign
sand crystals from Rattlesnake Butte

Below: A florescent mineral display, agates, rock, mineral & crystal specimens.

florescent mineral display agates, rock, mineral & crystal specimens

Menu for the two RV Gypsies in South Dakota
Sites 12-15
May 15-20, 2016

You may view these adventures in any order your choose.

(There is also a link to Wyoming at the bottom of this page)

bullet S.D. Welcome Center/Rest Area/travel (site 12)

bullet Travel photos in South-Central SD

bullet Mitchell Corn Palace - site 13

bullet Badlands Petrified Gardens - site 14 (this page)

bullet Wall Drug, the Jackalope and more- site 14

bullet Rapid City, The Berlin Wall, and more- site 15

bullet Bear Country USA

bullet Chapel in the Hills

bullet Cosmos Mystery Area

bullet Dinosaur Park in Rapid City

bullet Formal Gardens and sundial in Rapid City

bullet Pactola Lake, part of Black Hills National Forest

bullet Presidential Statues in Rapid City

bullet Marlins Restaurant


bullet Sioux City North KOA in North Sioux City, SD

bullet Hills RV Park in Plankinton, SD

bullet Belvidere East Exit 170 KOA in Midland, SD

bullet Three Flags RV Park in Black Hawk, SD

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go to the next adventure of the two RV Gypsies AFTER you have seen all of the above sites in South Dakota, please continue on to the adventures of the two RV Gypsies in Buffalo, Wyoming.