• Badlands formations against the blue sky; photo by Rikk Flohr


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Youth Camp Brings Teens to Badlands

Since 2012, students from the Calhoun School in New York City have joined with South Dakota teens from the Red Cloud Indian School and Wall High School for a weeklong Youth Camp in March. Days are filled with hikes and activities facilitated by park rangers, resource managers, and teachers. Participants spend their nights in park housing or camping out under the stars.

Watch the series of six videos below to discover what made the Youth Camp such a transformative experience for the teens and adults who participated.







three Youth Camp participants stand atop the badlands formations, silhouetted against a twilight sky
2013 Youth Camp participants from the Red Cloud Indian School look for the first stars of the evening.
NPS/Dudley Edmondson

Did You Know?

Early motorist meanders through the Upper Tunnel

Early motorists along the Badlands Loop Road traveled through tunnels carved into the formations. Since the road’s layout defied engineering logic by being based on scenery rather than stability, the road is constantly shifting. Though the tunnels are long gone, the sense of adventure remains.