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


    National Park South Dakota

Plan Your Visit

On the Road into Badlands National Park by Photographer Gabby Salazar, 2008 Artist in Residence
On the Road into Badlands National Park by Photographer Gabby Salazar, 2008 Artist in Residence
© 2008 Gabby Salazar

What is there to do in the Badlands?
Lots! With over 244,000 acres encompassing Badlands National Park, the key to maximizing your time spent here is planning your visit before you hit the road.

Operating Hours & Seasons
The park's main visitor center, the Ben Reifel Visitor Center, is open daily all year, except Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year's Day. During the summer months, ranger-led programs (100 KB PDF), and other events are offered throughout the day. In the South Unit, the White River Visitor Center is open during the summer months and offers information, restrooms, and cultural exhibits.

Cedar Pass Lodge is the only lodging and restaurant in the park and offers visitors a memorable stay. The gift shop provides a distinctive collection of regional and handmade gifts, Native American crafts, and park memorabilia. Cabins book up fast and visitors should contact the Lodge directly for reservations.

There are two designated campgrounds available at the park: Cedar Pass Campground and Sage Creek Primitive Campground. Cedar Pass Campground is managed by Cedar Pass Lodge. The primitive Sage Creek Campground is operated on a first come, first serve basis. Both have a fourteen-day limit.

What better way to experience the beauty of the Badlands than to hike through the prairie grasses and unique geologic formations? Plan ahead to ensure you have a great and safe hike.

Things to Know Before You Come
Before you visit Badlands National Park, there are a few things you should be aware of to help make your visit as enjoyable as possible. Find out what weather to expect, pet policies, safety issues, accessibility, and more.

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