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.
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
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
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?
The Ben Reifel Visitor Center was named after Ben Reifel, the first congressman from the Sioux Nation, who served 5 terms. Afterwards, he served as consultant and Special Assistant for Indian Programs to the Director of the National Park Service. Badlands was his favorite national park.