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?
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.