Visitor Center Open
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.
Badlands National Park is located 75 miles east of Rapid City, South Dakota.
Interstate 90 (I-90) is located directly north of the park and provides access to the Hwy 240 Badlands Loop Road. For those traveling west on I-90, take Exit 131 (Interior) and follow the signs directing vehicles south approximately three miles to the Northeast Entrance. For those traveling east on I-90, take Exit 110 at Wall, South Dakota. Follow signs directing vehicles south approximately seven miles to the Pinnacles Entrance.
Physical Addresses for GPS*
Park Headquarters: 25216 Ben Reifel Road, Interior, SD 57750.
*There are several unmaintained gravel roads in the vicinity of Badlands National Park. If you navigate by GPS, please also follow the driving directions provided above. If you wish to venture off the beaten path, please check local road conditions and be prepared.
Getting Around In the Park
Did You Know?
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.