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

    Badlands

    National Park South Dakota

Things To Know Before You Come

Planning ahead can often make the difference between a good trip and a great one. Explore these pages to discover the essential information you need to know before you leave home.

The Badlands Visitor Guide (1.2 MB) provides in-depth information on visiting the park, attending ranger-led activities, and hiking park trails.

Did You Know?

Bison herd in the Badlands Wilderness Area

25% of Badlands National Park is a designated wilderness area. Established in 1976, the Badlands Wilderness Area consists of 64,144 acres of the largest prairie wilderness in the United States. Administered in two units, Sage Creek and Conata Basin, the area is open for backpacking and exploration.