• 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.

Ranger Guided

Badlands National Park accepts reservations for ranger-guided field trips as staff is available. Please contact the park's Education Specialist for information on program availability.

Groups of 25 students or fewer can request a 60-minute ranger-guided hike. Teachers may request a program focused on prairie animal adaptations, the geology of the Badlands, or naturalist skills.

Groups greater than 25 students can request a 30-minute ranger talk. Ranger talks are presented in the outdoor amphitheater at the Cedar Pass Campground.

Groups with 26-50 students may be divided into two smaller groups in order to participate on a ranger-guided hike. Please note that the same ranger will present the hike twice. The teacher will be responsible for planning and delivering the field trip activities for the group that is not with the ranger. For every 15 students, one teacher or chaperone must be present.

Did You Know?

The rich hue of the Yellow Mounds paleosols

The yellow and red layers in the badlands formations are fossilized soils, called paleosols. Fossil root traces, burrows, and animal bones found within the soils provide scientists with evidence of environmental and climatic changes that occurred in the badlands over time.