December 17 Road Closure Near Visitor Center
December 17: Badlands Loop Road (Highway 240) will be temporarily closed at Cedar Pass for emergency repair work. The closure is expected to be in place for two to three weeks, weather dependent. An alternate route to access Interstate 90 will be posted. More »
These short videos will introduce you to a variety of topics related to Badlands National Park.
These images are the next best thing to being in the park. Zoom or pan to explore details in each image.
Artist in Residence Kathleen M. Heideman reads her poem, Why I Want to Be A Park Ranger When I Grow Up.
Artist in Residence Rick Braveheart created this video. Enjoy his beautiful images of fall in the Dakotas.
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.