“Featuring the famous 6 ton prairie dog!”
Feed the Prairie Dogs, check out the The Ranch Store and take your photo with the famous six-ton Prairie Dog! There is a large prairie dog colony to the north of the store, where you can walk among the prairie dogs and feed them a snack of unsalted peanuts. Standing over the entire colony is, of course, the six-ton Prairie Dog. Just as it was fifty years ago, there is still free admission. The gift shop carries a wide variety of affordable gifts, a large selection of both children’s and adult t-shirts, and locally made products. You can also find the usual camera supplies, postcards, and of course the elusive postcard stamps that everyone forgets to purchase before they left home. Refreshments and picnic tables are also available for your enjoyment. Don't forget to feed the Prairie Dogs. The Ranch Store is open from late May through mid September. Store Hours: 8AM to 6PM MST
On the map, its located at the wrong place, better to follow directions from their website
You see the big prairie dog not long after you leave the Badlands on the east side of the loop. One of our favorite parts of our vacation was feeding the adorable (but plague-ridden) prairie dogs, and taken cheesy pictures with the 20 foot statue. Super fun! Get multiple bags of peanuts from the store, you'll want them.
Stopped by on the way out of Badlands and the kids had a blast feeding the prairie dogs!
Oh my! This place is so amazing!!! We came to check it out even though the website said the store is closed. We are so glad we did...they had food available to purchase to feed them and once you started feeding, they all came close and were very interactive. Truly one of the BEST EXPERIENCES we've had...a must visit! I know it is seasonal, so check to see when they are closed. The outdoor prairie dogs are fabulous!
A lot of fun and a really homey, down-to-earth "tourist attraction." If you stop, plan on staying a while: it's pretty hard to drag your kids (and you) away from thecritters.
This is nowhere near where it's shown on the map. It's on 240 south of I-90 exit 131. The prairie dogs are a treat.
Stop by to stretch your legs and feed the prairie dogs! You may spend more time here than you planned, since the prairie dogs are fascinating.
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The Ranch Store of The Badlands
- Sun - Sat: 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
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