From the wide-open prairie to the lush river bottoms, through canyons and to the tops of buttes in the rugged Badlands, the park provides visitors with an opportunity to experience the natural and cultural history of western North Dakota. There are self-guided nature trails, interpretive waysides, museum exhibits, and park films to help you learn on your own. For most of the year (generally September - May), the historic Maltese Cross Cabin is open for self-guided tours.
During the summer, join a ranger for a guided tour, short talk, or evening campfire program to learn more about the natural and cultural history of this incredible landscape. Below is a general description of the types of Ranger Programs offered throughout the park.
You can also check our calendar of events, or download our weekly program schedule (summer only) for more detailed information on program topics, locations and times.
Summer interpretive programs showcase the park's natural and cultural history. Included are short talks, evening campfire programs, walks, and longer hikes. Please check at the visitor centers or on park bulletin boards for weekly activity schedules.
Maltese Cross Cabin
Evening Campfire Programs
Guided Horseback Rides