• 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.

Bison Conservation

 

The American Bison (Bison bison) is an icon of the Great Plains. At Badlands, bison roam the 64,000 acre wilderness area in the western side of the North Unit. Visitors to the park can view them from the Sage Creek Rim Road.

The park's South Unit, located on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, is planned to become the nations' first tribal national park. The Midwest Region of the NPS is working with the Oglala Sioux Tribe to reintroduce bison to the South Unit and other tribal lands in order to establish another conservation herd of at least 1,000 animals.

Learn more about bison conservation (pdf).

Did You Know?

Early motorist meanders through the Upper Tunnel

Early motorists along the Badlands Loop Road traveled through tunnels carved into the formations. Since the road’s layout defied engineering logic by being based on scenery rather than stability, the road is constantly shifting. Though the tunnels are long gone, the sense of adventure remains.