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

    Badlands

    National Park South Dakota

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  • Visitor Center Open / Road Construction

    Park roads and parking lots are under construction. Expect occasional 10 - 15 minute road construction delays along Hwy 240 Loop Road. There is limited parking at the Ben Reifel Visitor Center. Please follow the signs to park in designate areas.

Additional Online Resources

Badlands Twitter Feed

Follow the Badlands Twitter feed, @BadlandsNPS, to stay in touch with what is going on at the park and learn interesting facts.

 

Badlands National Park Facebook Site

This is a place where fans of Badlands National Park are free to share information and experiences with one another. Follow us.

 

Badlands National Park Flickr Photos

Explore public domain images of Badlands National Park provide by the National Park Service.

 

Badlands In Brief

Join park rangers as they explore the resources of Badlands National Park. These short video podcasts may help you prepare for a visit, research a school project, or discover more about the natural and cultural history of your national park.

 

Badlands Virtual Experience

Explore the stories of Badlands National Park from your computer. You can learn more about the park's paleontological resources, mixed-grass prairie ecosystem, and the people who have called the Badlands home.

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.