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Firearms Information

As of February 22, 2010, a new federal law allows people who can legally possess firearms under applicable federal, state, and local laws, to legally possess firearms in this park.

It is the responsibility of visitors to understand and comply with all applicable state, local, and federal firearms laws before entering this park. As a starting point, please visit South Dakota's website.

Federal law also prohibits firearms in certain facilities in this park; those places are marked with signs at all public entrances.


Unmanned Aircraft

Launching, operating, or landing an unmanned or remote controlled aircraft within Badlands National Park is prohibited (36 CFR 1.5 Closures & Public Limits).

Unmanned or remote controlled aircraft, popularly known as drones, may not be utilized in the park. Drones pose a safety risk to both visitors and wildlife. The noise created by drones disrupts the peaceful landscapes that our visitors come to experience. Drones have been known to interfere with the natural activities of wildlife, frightening birds off of their nests and separating bighorn sheep from their lambs. Drones also create a safety hazard when flown in areas frequented by helicopters used in air tour operations.

Last updated: August 17, 2020

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