Visiting Wall, South Dakota
The community of Wall is considered the gateway of Badlands National Park. Located right off Interstate 90, Wall is a charming community that is best known for it’s five-cent coffee and free ice water.
Where to Stay in Wall
Wall offers visitors clean, comfortable accommodations near the entrance of Badlands National Park. It’s perfect for travelers who want to spend the entire day exploring the 244,000 acres of national parks land.You’ll also find a variety of dining options including fast food and hometown diners.
What to Do in Wall
Wall Drug, known for its worldwide billboard advertising, has been attracting tourists to Wall, South Dakota since 1931. The sprawling, western-themed shopping complex got its start when its founders began offering free ice water to parched travelers during the Great Depression. The complex includes western clothing, souvenirs and “South Dakota Made” product shops. A “Jackalope” statue and replica of Mount Rushmore provide fun photo opportunities for travelers.
Wall is the home of the only National Grasslands Visitor Center in the country. The center focuses on providing information on the National Grasslands located throughout the Great Plains.More than 20 exhibits highlight the history, recreational opportunities, management and importance of protecting the prairies and the animals that depend on them.
Wall is the gateway to Badlands National Park which is also home to the Minuteman National Historic Site, the first site in the world dedicated to commemorating the events of the Cold War and Prairie Homestead featuring a hill side sod hut.
A museum dedicated to telling the story of the events of December 29, 1890 is located on Main Street in Wall. The Wounded Knee Museum features exhibits telling the story of Big Foot’s band of Miniconjou Lakota and the 7th Calvary massacre that left nearly 300 Lakota men, women and children dead. The museum is open May-October