December 17 Road Closure Near Visitor Center
December 17: Badlands Loop Road (Highway 240) will be temporarily closed at Cedar Pass for emergency repair work. The closure is expected to be in place for two to three weeks, weather dependent. An alternate route to access Interstate 90 will be posted. More »
Good Times at the Badlands
The rugged beauty of the Badlands draws visitors from around the world. These striking geologic deposits contain one of the world’s richest fossil beds. Ancient mammals such as the rhino, horse, and saber-toothed cat once roamed here. The park’s 244,000 acres protect an expanse of mixed-grass prairie where bison, bighorn sheep, prairie dogs, and black-footed ferrets live today.
Watch this 8 minute video to learn more about the National Park Service's continued efforts at restoring the bison across the Great Plains.Read More
A Transformative Experience
The Badlands Youth Camp brings teens to the park for a week each March. Participants describe the power of the adventure in a series of short videos.Read More
Take Us With You
Badlands videos and photos are available to download onto your mobile devices or computers. Check us out at YouTube, iTunes, Twitter, and Flickr.Read More
Art in the Park
Artists are invited to interpret the Badlands through their work. View examples from photographers, visual artists, and writers in the online gallery.Read More
Planning A Trip?
Find out what you need to know. Information for camping, hiking, and much more. Download the Badlands Visitors Guide to take with you.Read More
Coming to Badlands with a GPS? Take a look at the new GPS Adventure booklet. Complete at least four activities and earn a patch!Read More
Become a Junior Ranger
Explore! Learn! Protect! That’s the Jr Ranger motto. Complete a booklet or attend a program to earn a badge.Read More
Take a Hike
A variety of hiking trails offer something for everyone. Select the trail that’s right for you.Read More
Did You Know?
During the Age of Dinosaurs, a warm, shallow sea covered the Great Plains, including what is now Badlands. Since dinosaurs were land creatures, no fossils of these animals have been found in the park. Giant marine lizards called mosasaurs swam in the ancient sea, along with sea turtles and fish.