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

    Badlands

    National Park South Dakota

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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.

Photo Gallery

Badlands maintains an extensive gallery of public-domain images on Flickr. There are no licensing restrictions on these images and you can use them for free. Our Flickr site is updated regularly with high-resolution photos and some short video clips.

Use Flickr to download images you might need for a school project, PowerPoint presentation, advertisement, magazine article, or your next viral video. Please credit the photographer and the National Park Service as follows: "NPS / photographer name".

Or just enjoy the scenic beauty of Badlands National Park as you browse through our photo sets.


The galleries below represent a small sampling from the park's photo collection. Some of the images contained in the galleries below cannot be downloaded.

 

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.