• Badlands formations against the blue sky; photo by Rikk Flohr


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  • Visitor Center Open / Road Construction

    The Ben Reifel Visitor Center is open daily from 8 am to 7 pm. The front parking lot is under construction. Please follow the signs, park in the side lot, and use the side doors. Expect 10 - 15 minute road construction delays along Hwy 240 Loop Road.

Free Entry to Badlands on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

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Date: January 17, 2014

BADLANDS NATIONAL PARK, INTERIOR, S.D. - Badlands National Park will join national park units around the country in offering fee-free entry on Monday, January 20.  You are invited to visit the park and enjoy the stunning winter scenery.

The Ben Reifel Visitor Center is open daily from 8:00-4:00.  Exhibits and a park film are available.  Enjoy a hike on one of the park's many beautiful trails or take a scenic drive along the Badlands Loop Road.

Additional Badlands fee-free days in 2014:
February 15-17 - Presidents' Day Weekend
April 19-20 - First Weekend of National Parks Week
August 25 - National Park Service Birthday
September 27 - National Public Lands Day
November 11 - Veterans Day

Park Visitors are reminded that the fee-free designation in National Parks applies to entrance fees only and does not affect fees for camping, reservations, tours, or use of concessions where applicable.  Park Entrance stations will have park passes such as Interagency Senior, Annual, and Access Passes, as well as Active Military Passes, available for those who wish to acquire them.

Did You Know?

The rugged badlands topography

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.