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

    Badlands

    National Park South Dakota

Fees & Reservations

Entrance Fees

Private, non-commercial vehicle; $15 - Valid for 7 days

Individual - hike, bicycle; $7 - Valid for 7 days

Motorcycle; $10 - Valid for 7 days

Badlands National Park Annual Pass; $30 - Valid for one year from month of purchase

Admits the purchaser and their passengers in a single, private, non-commercial vehicle or the passholder and their companions when entry is by other means (i.e. foot, bicycle). Nontransferable, nonrefundable, and does not cover camping fees.

Organized, non-commercial groups (i.e. service organizations, scouts, church groups, and college/school clubs); $7 per person - Valid for 7 days

Commercial Tour Fees

Commercial sedan, 1 to 6 passenger capacity; $25 plus $7 per person - 7 days for Original Manifest

Commercial van, 7 to 15 passenger capacity; $50 - 7 days for Original Manifest

Minibus, 16 to 25 passenger capacity; $60 - 7 days for Original Manifest

Motorcoach, 26 or more passenger capacity; $150 - 7 days for Original Manifest

Interagency Pass Program

The following passes are available at Badlands National Park:

America the Beautiful - National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Pass - Annual Pass

$80 - Valid for one year from month of purchase

This nontransferable annual pass covers the entrance or standard amenity fees at sites managed by the National Park Service, U.S. Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management, Bureau of Reclamation, and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. It does not cover camping fees, parking fees, user fees (i.e. cave tours), concession activities, or cooperating association bookstore charges.

America the Beautiful - National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Pass - Senior Pass

$10 - Valid for holder's lifetime

One time charge for citizens or permanent residents of the United States who are 62 years or older. This nontransferable pass allows lifetime entrance to all National Park Service, U.S. Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management, Bureau of Reclamation, and U.S. Fish and Wildlife areas. It also entitles the bearer to a 50% discount on camping fees in many federal campgrounds. It cannot be used at concession facilities or cooperating association bookstores. Identification must be provided at the time of purchase.

America the Beautiful - National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Pass - Access Pass

Free - Valid for holder's lifetime

This nontransferable pass allows lifetime entrance to all National Park Service, U.S. Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management, Bureau of Reclamation, and U.S. Fish and Wildlife areas to United States citizens or permanent residents who are blind or permanently disabled. It also entitles the bearer to a 50% discount on camping fees in many federal campgrounds. It cannot be used at concession facilities or cooperating association bookstores.

Educational Fee Waivers

Entrance fee waivers are available to academic institutions when the main purpose of their visit is educational rather than recreational. Complete and submit an Application for Waiver of Fees (96 KB PDF), if your group meets the eligibility criteria. For further information on fee waivers or eligibility criteria, contact the Revenue and Fee Business Program Manager.

 

2014 FEE-FREE DATES

The National Park Service will waive entrance fees on select dates throughout 2014. During the entrance fee free time, other fees (such as camping) are still in effect.

  • Martin Luther King Jr. Day -- Jan 20
  • Presidents' Day Weekend -- Feb 15-17
  • First Weekend of National Park Week -- April 19 to April 20
  • National Park Service Birthday -- Aug 25
  • National Public Lands Day -- Sept 27
  • Veterans Day -- Nov 11

Did You Know?

Early motorist meanders through the Upper Tunnel

Early motorists along the Badlands Loop Road traveled through tunnels carved into the formations. Since the road’s layout defied engineering logic by being based on scenery rather than stability, the road is constantly shifting. Though the tunnels are long gone, the sense of adventure remains.