• 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?

Ben Reifel speaking at the Cedar Pass Campground Amphitheater - 1971

The Ben Reifel Visitor Center was named after Ben Reifel, the first congressman from the Sioux Nation, who served 5 terms. Afterwards, he served as consultant and Special Assistant for Indian Programs to the Director of the National Park Service. Badlands was his favorite national park.