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Unread 02-09-2012, 07:20 AM   #16
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The Badlands offers that quarry, which allows you to test out your jeep without getting lost. You can spend quite a bit of time in and around the quarry without venturing off too far. Quite a few trails connect to the quarry.

I've been to the Cliffs too, but I'm not a fan of mud and prefer the Badlands.

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I would have to say the badlands. You can stay at the campsite right nextdoor for the weekend and hit the trails in the morning. The badlands has different terrain to choose from & theres lots of spots for beginners. Having the different terrain is nice bc not everybody is a mud fan, buy whats not fun about mud?! You might be a quarry kinda jeeper & thatll let you know what kinda mods youll want later
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Unread 02-13-2012, 03:08 PM   #18
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i love badlands but i have no desire to ever see the cliffs what isnt fun about mud is cleaning it up to me rocks n sand = fun mud = stinky mess that wrecks your stuff
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Unread 02-20-2012, 05:39 PM   #19
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Unread 02-22-2012, 12:22 PM   #20
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All good advice. The best time for a stock, or near stock jeep at the Cliff's is when we haven't had a lot of rain, which it has been muddy for about the last 4 years now. Wheel with at least one other vehicle, two is better. Invest in a good tow strap. If you come to the Cliffs, ask the staff, or the local Cliff dwellers what trails to stay on, and what to avoid.
And yes they are right, our trails are not well marked, every time we invest in good signage, people seem to think they are free Souvenirs! So this spring we will be making wood ones that will be difficult to steal.
We have a great weekend Jeep fest planned for July 13-15. It may be a good time to come check out the park.
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