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


    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.

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Video Series

Watch one of these short videos to help you plan a trip or to just learn more about this fascinating place. You can also view our videos on iTunes or YouTube.


Artist in Residence Gallery

Artists are invited to interpret the Badlands landscape through their work. Since 1996, the park has hosted several artists in residence. Work from photographers, painters, and writers are displayed in the gallery.


Photo Gallery & Flickr Photostream

Take a closer look at this amazing park. Many great photos are available for download in our galleries or on our Flickr site. Students can find pictures for their school projects.



Multimedia presentations feature gigapans and other interactive panoramas. As you zoom and pan, you will sense of this vast prairie and badlands landscape. You can also view videos and listen to a poetry reading.


Virtual Tour

The Badlands Virtual Experience is suggested reading material for students researching a project or teachers planning a unit. Curious visitors of all ages will also enjoy this virtual experience.

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.