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 »
Night Sky Program
Astronomy Programs Summer 2013
Badlands Astronomy Festival
Join us August 2 - 4 to celebrate the beauty of a dark night sky and the wonder of space exploration. Enjoy presentations from special guest speakers and family-friendly activities, in addition to our regular telescope viewing opportunities. Astronomy Festival events do not require advance sign-ups or tickets - please just drop by.
Night Sky Observing
Night sky viewing is offered at the Cedar Pass Campground Amphitheater on Friday through Monday nights throughout the summer months. After the conclusion of the evening ranger program, stay to look at the spectacular night sky through telescopes provided by the park. The ranger will point out constellations, stars, and planets. Everyone is given an opportunity to see impressive objects of the night sky.
Rarely do most people have the opportunity to experience the awesome dark skies and the spectacular sights found here. Badlands National Park offers such wondrous sights for those who visit the park. On any given night, visitors will be exposed to more than 7,500 stars. Especially phenomenal is the clarity of our own Milky Way Galaxy. Night sky views include not only galaxies but also star clusters, nebulae, planets and moons. Visitors are also treated to fly-overs by numerous satellites and the International Space Station.
Did You Know?
The 1928 bill originally proposing a park in the South Dakota badlands used the name -Teton National Park - in the hopes of avoiding the negative-sounding name of Badlands. Teton was a title later applied to Grand Teton National Park.