December 17 Road Closure Near Visitor Center
December 17: Badlands Loop Road (Highway 240) will be temporarily closed at Cedar Pass for emergency repair work. The closure is expected to be in place for two to three weeks, weather dependent. An alternate route to access Interstate 90 will be posted. More »
Looking for a family-friendly park adventure? Download the GPS Adventure Activity Book (1.5 MB pdf) and use it to navigate to points of interest. Your GPS-enabled device will lead you to natural features, trails, and wayside exhibits where you will learn more about the park. Please remember to leave fossils, flowers, rocks, and artifacts where you find them. Collecting in the park is illegal. It also illegal to leave items behind or create human-made geocaches.
Teachers and homeschool families might also want to check out the Badlands EarthCache Lesson (140 KB pdf).
Did You Know?
The former Pig Dig was discovered in June 1993 when two visitors from Iowa discovered a large backbone protruding from the ground near the Conata Picnic Area. Originally thought to be a 4-day excavation, field work continued for over a decade, yielding more than 10,000 fossilized bones for study.