Good Times in 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.


Preliminary Alternative Newsletter

Badlands Seeking Comment on Bison Expansion

Badlands is seeking comment on the preliminary action alternative to expand the bison range in the North Unit of the park.

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Badlands formation, blue sky, clouds

Badlands StoryCorps

This StoryCorps interview features Norman and Cindy Schuler of Wall, SD as they discuss their personal connections to Badlands National Park.

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saber tooth cat skull held by ranger in the Badlands

Video Conference

Bring the Badlands into your classroom with a distance learning video conference and teaching materials.

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Every Kid in a Park

Fourth graders can earn a free pass to visit public lands with their families! Complete a fun activity to get your pass and start exploring.

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Planning A Trip?

Find out what there is to do. Information for camping, hiking, and much more.

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Photos & Media

Link to thousands of public domain photos on Flickr, watch a short video, or explore art and interactive gigapans.

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Female visitor enjoys solitude in the badlands photo by Larry McAfee

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.

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Become a Junior Ranger

Explore! Learn! Protect! That’s the Jr Ranger motto. Complete a booklet or attend a program to earn a badge.

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Bison Conservation

Watch this 8 minute video to learn more about the National Park Service's continued efforts at restoring the bison across the Great Plains.

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