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

    Badlands

    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.

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?

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.