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

    Badlands

    National Park South Dakota

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  • Visitor Center Open

    Construction crews are replacing the parking lot in front of the visitor center. Please follow the signs, park in the side lot, and use the side doors. The Ben Reifel Visitor Center remains open every day from 8 am to 4 pm.

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?

Sandstone caprock balanced atop eroding sediments, an example of a toadstool or hoodoo

The badlands are some of the fastest eroding landscapes on earth with erosion rates averaging 1” per year in their fragile layers. However, in areas where sandstone is found, the erosion rate may be 1” in 500 years. Often, toadstools form when surrounding sediments erode beneath a sandstone caprock.