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

    Badlands

    National Park South Dakota

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  • Visitor Center Open

    Construction crews are replacing the parking lot in front of the visitor center. Please follow the signs, park in the side lot, and use the side doors. The Ben Reifel Visitor Center remains open every day from 8 am to 4 pm.

Multimedia Presentations

Badlands in Brief Videos

These short videos will introduce you to a variety of topics related to Badlands National Park.

 

Interactive Panoramas

These images are the next best thing to being in the park. Zoom or pan to explore details in each image.

 

Poetry Reading

Artist in Residence Kathleen M. Heideman reads her poem, Why I Want to Be A Park Ranger When I Grow Up.

 

Under A Dakota Sky

Artist in Residence Rick Braveheart created this video. Enjoy his beautiful images of fall in the Dakotas.

Did You Know?

Painting of a mosasaur

During the Age of Dinosaurs, a warm, shallow sea covered the Great Plains, including what is now Badlands. Since dinosaurs were land creatures, no fossils of these animals have been found in the park. Giant marine lizards called mosasaurs swam in the ancient sea, along with sea turtles and fish.