Land of Stone and Light

The rugged beauty of the Badlands draws visitors from around the world. These striking geologic deposits contain one of the world’s richest fossil beds. Ancient horses and rhinos once roamed here. The park’s 244,000 acres protect an expanse of mixed-grass prairie where bison, bighorn sheep, prairie dogs, and black-footed ferrets live today.

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The story of the Bison is central to the cultural and scientific heritage of people and their environment in North America.

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Black-footed Ferrets

Black-footed Ferrets are one of the endangered species that Badlands National Park works to monitor and protect.

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Prairie Dogs

Prairie dogs are a keystone species in prairie ecosystems -- learn about the other plants and animals they support here.

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Associated Tribes of Badlands NP

Learn who the park's Associated Tribes are and the responsibilities of federal agencies to tribal governments.

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Mako Sica: Naming the Badlands

Ever wonder how such a good place got named "Badlands?" Read here to find out who named the park and why they chose the name.

banded badlands buttes stretch far into the horizon with green prairie in valleys.

Geologic Formations

Curious about the geologic formations of Badlands National Park? Check out this article to learn more.

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Prairie Ecology Topics

The Badlands host an expanse mixed-grass prairie with plenty to explore. Learn about this amazing environment here!

a bighorn sheep lamp climbs on a steep cliff face.

Wildlife Topics

Learn all about the many animals that live in Badlands National Park!

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Good Rangers, Bad Lands

Listen to our podcast, where we interview rangers and chat about their role in preserving and protecting the Badlands.

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Badlands Natural History Association

Founded in 1959, Badlands Natural History Association is a not-for-profit organization established to support education and research efforts

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Distance Learning

Experience Badlands Virtually

Last updated: October 2, 2020

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25216 Ben Reifel Road
Interior, SD 57750


(605) 433-5361

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