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post #1 of 20 Old 06-24-2008, 10:26 PM Thread Starter
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badlands advice

the wife and i are heading to the badlands offroad park in July(28,29), we are taking my ATV and jeep. this will be our first time there, and unless we meet up wiith some people there, we will have no idea about the trails, so im looking for adive for those that have been. also wondering about the flag on the vehicle. where do most people attach them to. we are also staying in Danville IL, mapquest says 35 miles to the Attica, is this pretty accurate?

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post #2 of 20 Old 06-24-2008, 10:38 PM
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Download a map off the website and get an idea b4 you get there about the trails...It appears you rig is more than trail equipped...Most groups welcome any people to join them so don't be affraid to ask...As for the flag, zip straps and the possiblities are endless, spare tire carrier or roll bar...Danville to Attica is aat the most 35 miles...Were are you located in IL...

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im in wood river, or about 20 miles northeast of st. louis MO. i think my wife will be driving the jeep, and I the ATV, this will be the first trip for the ATV, and a good opp. for the wife to drive the jeep, so we will be looking for easy to mod. trails. since we will be there 2 days for wheeling, probally do the easy trails first, then work the way up
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Just so you know there are certain areas that Jeeps are allowed that the ATV's are not, like the quarry for instance. The map given to you at the park isn't really the best in the world, you'd be best served finding someone to tag along with.

I fasten my flag to my CB antenna.
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I asked this very question not too long ago, there is some good information in this thread here

http://www.jeepforum.com/forum/f324/badlands-trail-recomendations-559928/

It sure was muddy and I don't think the rain has really let up since then so good luck.
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I asked this very question not too long ago, there is some good information in this thread here

http://www.jeepforum.com/forum/showthread.php?t=559928

It sure was muddy and I don't think the rain has really let up since then so good luck.
thanks for the link, i wont be going until the end of July so maybe the summer heat will dry things out.
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thanks for the link, i wont be going until the end of July so maybe the summer heat will dry things out.
I went there in the pouring down rain a while back....not bad at all.

I was just there on the 14th of June...pretty dry, just the occassional mud hole...the ones that are always there.

The orange trail seems to get pretty nasty after some heavy rain, which makes it pretty interesting, but you won't be doing that...not alone anyway.

I have lots of links to pics and vids of the Badlands in my sig, if you're not that familiar with what it has to offer.

You'll have a blast. Too bad you aren't going to be there when we ( JeepsGoneWild ) are going to be there, we'd be able to show you around.
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x2 on the ATV/Jeep issue. Many areas are "No ATVs" as well as "ATVs only" areas.

I think you'd have a better time just both riding in the Jeep around and about... unless you've got two ATVs?

Anyways, I also agree with checking up on a group of Jeepers and asking if you can tag along. You're rig is well built, I'm sure nobody would mind you tagging along.

Especially since you've never been there before, you do not want to get caught in an area that appears to be safe, but is actually a handful to get through.

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well my wife and 2 kids, plus a buddy is all going, so just going in the jeep wont work, and i just bought a new ATV so im anxious to get it out and try it, plus who ever is on the ATV will be taking pics/video if the jeep
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I stayed at the Attica Inn about 5 minutes from the park. It wasn't too horrible. I made a mental note to try the Hotel Attica. It looked like an old time small town hotel like the one in My Cousin Vinnie (my favorite movie).

Mud is no problem; all sand.

The flag is no big deal. A dowel and some duct tape would do teh Job. People complained that if you buy it there its like $10 or whatever.

There's only one decent restaurant in town Robies Restaurant

Theres a breakfast place called Short Stop on the east side of town.
And, the concession inside teh park (lower parking lot) was tolerable (except the coffee). Here's a photo with the concession in the background. I think I had a cheeseburger and fries.


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The concession inside teh park (lower parking lot) was tolerable (except the coffee). Here's a photo with the concession in the background. I think I had a cheeseburger and fries.
I believe the concession stand is only open on weekends. I tried it the last time out, when I took the wife and kids. Hot dogs and fries. We won't be trying the curly fries again...too greasy. The regular fries were fine though. It's easier to pack a lunch, and cheaper.

There is a McDonalds in town, so you can grab a quick bite there too.
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I live about 20 min from the badlands, in lafayette. 30 min form danville is about right. my wife is from there and I drive through there all the time. have fun the weekends are a little busy though.
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well we have decided to get to danville on Sun, then head to the badlands, think we will be there sun-tues.
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just made reservations at the fairfield inn in danville
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i know we are still 3 weeks out, I'm wondering if anyone will be interested in going with us. i think my wife will be driving most of the time, so im thinking beginner and working our way up as she gets more comfortable.
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