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A colony of prairie dogs is called a town, and Roberts Prairie Dog Town is the largest prairie dog town in the country. The underground complex covers several acres and is inhabited by thousands of black-tail prairie dogs. Many of them are highly habituated to people, as a nearby gift shop sells peanuts to feed them, and you can safely observe these adorable critters up close. There are also predators and many other species that also use the prairie dog dens that can be seen there, and the Sage Creek area is the best spot in the Badlands North Unit to observe buffalo.

On the Road: From Badlands Scenic Route 240, take the dirt Sage Creek road about a mile.

Family Friendly: Cute animals doing cute things.

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Dylan Payne


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May 15, 2022
Merritt Stanton
Did see bison as well as prairie dogs!
Sep 25, 2021
Richard Vogel
Love it
Sep 16, 2021
Vikas Asthana
Sep 6, 2021
Vikas Asthana
Jul 4, 2021
Johnny Kube
Jul 3, 2021
Marianna Rogers
Prairie dogs all over their mounds and tunnels! There were babies, as well as chubbier ones! They barked very interestingly in a high pitch!
Jun 20, 2021
Laura Requero Postigo
Sep 22, 2020
Sandy Childrey

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Shared by Dylan Payne on Sep 17, 2018. All Page Views: 655. Last Month: 10.