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

    Badlands

    National Park South Dakota

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  • 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.

Maps

Section of the Badlands National Park map

Badlands National Park Official Map, includes major roads, overlooks, entrance gates, and other locations within the park
PDF format (360 KB)

 
Section of the Cedar Pass Area map

Cedar Pass Area/Trail Map, denotes location of developed trails, Ben Reifel Visitor Center, Cedar Pass Lodge, and campground facilities
PDF format (29 KB)

 
Section of the Badlands Region Map

Badlands Region Map, includes location of the park in relation to other National Park Service sites in the region
PDF format (121 KB)

Did You Know?

The rich hue of the Yellow Mounds paleosols

The yellow and red layers in the badlands formations are fossilized soils, called paleosols. Fossil root traces, burrows, and animal bones found within the soils provide scientists with evidence of environmental and climatic changes that occurred in the badlands over time.