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


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    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.



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?

The white water of Sage Creek

Available water in the badlands is always loaded with sediment. Cloudy and milky white in appearance, the water contains particles that carry a slight charge of electricity. The particles repel each other, instead of settling to the bottom. Early visitors found the water unsuitable for drinking.