Visitor Centers/Museums

South Unit Visitor Center THRO_03834

South Unit Visitor Center is open daily, year-round.

South Unit

South Unit Visitor Center

Location: South Unit entrance adjacent to the town of Medora.
Hours: Daily, year-round, 8:00 am - 4:30 pm MT
Summer hours: 8:00 am - 6:00 pm MT (Memorial Day to Labor Day)
Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year's Day.


  • Museum with Theodore Roosevelt collections and exhibits on history, nature and geology
  • Maltese Cross Cabin
  • 17-minute park film, "Refuge of the American Spirit"
  • Staffed information desk
  • Theodore Roosevelt Nature and History Association Bookstore
  • Restrooms
  • Drinking fountain
  • Park rangers present a variety of programs June through mid-September; check the park website, visitor center or park bulletin boards for dates, times, and more information
  • Visitor Center, Maltese Cross Cabin, and restroom facilities are wheelchair accessible.
Painted Canyon Visitor Center THRO-04-07-09-079

Painted Canyon Visitor Center is not your average interstate rest stop.  Be alert for bison grazing in the area.

Painted Canyon Visitor Center

Location: Exit 32 on Interstate 94
Open seasonally (May-October)
Hours: 9:30 am - 4:30 pm MT


  • Panoramic views
  • Wildlife viewing
  • Hiking trails
  • Staffed information desk
  • Exhibits and displays
  • Theodore Roosevelt Nature and History Association Bookstore
  • Picnic shelters
  • Restrooms
  • Drinking fountain
  • Vending machines
  • Public telephone
  • Visitor center, overlook, picnic area, and restrooms are wheelchair accessible
North Unit Visitor Center THRO_03973

The North Unit Visitor Center building was condemned after an underground drainage caused the foundation to slip and crack. The Badlands are still a geologically active area.

North Unit

North Unit Visitor Center

Location: Entrance of North Unit
Hours: Thursday - Monday, 9:30 am - 3:30 pm CT

The trailers at the park entrance serve as a temporary contact station for visitors to the North Unit. The original building is closed due to a structural failure. While planning and construction for a new facility are underway, the temporary visitor center will remain open. Park information, informal presentations, restrooms and gift shop are all available at this location.

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