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


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    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.



A Gigapan is a very high resolution panoramic image. They are created when a standard digital camera captures hundreds of images from a robotic platform. Next, the images are combined in a software program. When you view these Gigapans, it feels as if you are inside the photo. You can zoom in to explore the smallest details. Select a Gigapan below and zoom to a snapshot. Can you find the hikers on Sheep Mountain Table? How about a mule deer peeking at you near Dillon Pass?

Badlands Gigapans created by Artist in Residence Rick Braveheart

Dillon Pass Gigapan

Sheep Mountain Table Gigapan

Ancient Hunters Overlook Gigapan

Ben Reifel Visitor Center Gigapan

Cedar Pass Area Gigapan

Interactive Panoramas

You will need to have QuickTime installed on your computer to view the following interactive panoramas.

Interactive panoramas created by Artist in Residence Rikk Flohr

Yellow Mounds at Dillon Pass (785 KB)

Door Trail (1.3 MB)

Fossil Exhibit Trail (1.0 MB)
Saddle Pass
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Did You Know?

Sandstone caprock balanced atop eroding sediments, an example of a toadstool or hoodoo

The badlands are some of the fastest eroding landscapes on earth with erosion rates averaging 1” per year in their fragile layers. However, in areas where sandstone is found, the erosion rate may be 1” in 500 years. Often, toadstools form when surrounding sediments erode beneath a sandstone caprock.