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Giant Prairie Dog

Badlands Ranch Store

A six-ton, 12-foot-tall concrete prairie dog is touted as the largest in the world. 


Outside of Badlands National Park there is a prairie dog of a disturbing size. Surrounded by an actual prairie dog colony, this concrete giant towers 12 feet over its little friends at a whopping six tons.

The massive pink and ocher mascot to the colony below has been watching over this little corner of the Badlands for over 50 years, and despite a little weather wear and tear, shows no sign of going anywhere anytime soon.

The attraction is free, and for $1.00 you can buy peanuts at the Ranch Store Gift Shop to feed the (in comparison) teensy prairie dogs of the non-concrete variety. 

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Not hard to find. It is off of I-90, off of exit 131, on Hwy 240 which is the main road to Badlands National Park Drive.

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