Astronaut Buzz Aldrin described the surface of the moon as "magnificent desolation." I couldn't get that phrase out of my head as I cruised through Badlands National Park, despite amenities such as roads, air, and full gravity that the moon doesn't have. Although it's roughly 90 miles east of Sturgis, it's worth the trip, and the $10 motorcycle admission. Ride the 39-mile Badlands Loop Scenic Byway to fully appreciate the unique scenery of this place. You'll want to make a full day trip out of this one.