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

    Badlands

    National Park South Dakota

Weather

The Badlands weather is variable and unpredictable with temperature extremes ranging from 116° F to -40° F. Summers are hot and dry with occasional violent thunderstorms. Hailstorms and occasional tornadoes can descend on the Badlands with sudden fury. Winters are typically cold with 12 to 24 inches of total snowfall.

Of the sixteen inches of annual precipitation, most falls during the warmer months. June is the wettest month, while December and January are the driest.

Sudden and dramatic weather changes are common. Visitors are urged to dress in layers and be prepared with hats, sunglasses, sunscreen, and adequate water for hiking.

Badlands Weather Averages

Month

Temperatures (F°)

Highs/Lows

Precipitation (inches)

January

34

11

0.29

February

40

16

0.48

March

48

24

0.90

April

62

36

1.83

May

72

46

2.75

June

83

56

3.12

July

92

62

1.94

August

91

61

1.45

September

81

51

1.23

October

68

39

0.90

November

50

26

0.41

December

39

17

0.30


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Did You Know?

Early motorist meanders through the Upper Tunnel

Early motorists along the Badlands Loop Road traveled through tunnels carved into the formations. Since the road’s layout defied engineering logic by being based on scenery rather than stability, the road is constantly shifting. Though the tunnels are long gone, the sense of adventure remains.