We are driving from Minnesota, heading towards Rapid City, and eventually Yellowstone/Tetons. We are planning to arrive in the Badlands area at about 10pm, after making a 7-8 hour drive. Should we stop in Kadoka for the night, or push to get to Wall? What would be a better starting point for exploring the Badlands the next day? If we stay in Wall, would be be backtracking to the Badlands? It looks like from Kadoka, we could just continue our drive in the morning, right into the Badlands, then we can take a break in Wall that afternoon.
Also, my atlas shows one main loop through the Badlands...I90, 377 and 240. Is this really it, or are there other routes? I see 44, too, but it looks like it lies outside of the park. Is this correct? Any help with this? Thanks!