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


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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.


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The National Park Service makes every effort to keep you informed about breaking news events, special events, and new or ongoing projects. News releases for Badlands National Park will be posted and archived here, so check back often to keep current about the latest happenings at the park.

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Photographs and Video
Do you need photos or short video for a news story or school project? Badlands maintains an extensive photo collection on Flickr. All images are public domain and free to use; most are high-resolution. Please credit the appropriate photographer and NPS. For video, some short clips and slideshows are available on Flickr. The park also has a YouTube channel.

Did You Know?

From a 1950 postcard, a black and white photo of the rugged badlands formations

The 1928 bill originally proposing a park in the South Dakota badlands used the name -Teton National Park - in the hopes of avoiding the negative-sounding name of Badlands. Teton was a title later applied to Grand Teton National Park.