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.
Entrance Stations Welcome Visitors to Badlands National Park
Contact: Eric Brunnemann, Superintendent
Park entrance stations opened today, April 1, 2011. The station at Pinnacles, the entrance closest to Wall, South Dakota (SD), as well as the northeast park entrance, just off I-90 at Exit 131 will be staffed and providing park information and other visitor services.
Did You Know?
To the Lakota, this harsh and desolate landscape was known as "mako sica," meaning “land bad." Early French trappers similarly described the area as “bad lands to travel across." Today, geologists consider all the places in the world with similar topography and formation badlands.