Basic Information

25216 Ben Reifel Road
Interior, SD 57750

Badlands National Park is located 75 miles east of Rapid City, South Dakota. Physical Addresses for GPS* Park Headquarters: 25216 Ben Reifel Road, Interior, SD 57750. Northeast Entrance (I-90, Exit 131): 21020 SD Hwy 240, Interior, SD 57750. Pinnacles Entrance (I-90, Exit 110): 24240 Hwy 240, Wall, SD 57790. Interior Entrance: 20640 SD Hwy 377, Interior, SD 57750.

Badlands National Park

The park is open to visitors all year with the exception of weather closures.

Standard Hours

  • Sunday: Open 24 hours
  • Monday: Open 24 hours
  • Tuesday: Open 24 hours
  • Wednesday: Open 24 hours
  • Thursday: Open 24 hours
  • Friday: Open 24 hours
  • Saturday: Open 24 hours

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.

Entrance Fees:

Private Vehicle - $20.00

Fee covers the entry of a private vehicle and its occupants for 7 days

Individual (Hiking, Bicycling, etc...) - $10.00

Fee covers the entry of an individual that is hiking, bicycling, etc... for 7 days

Motorcycle - $10.00

Fee covers the entry of a motorcycle and its occupants for 7 days

Commercial Sedan, 1 to 6 passenger capacity - $25.00

Commercial sedan, 1 to 6 passenger capacity. $25 plus $10 per person - 7 days for Original Manifest

Commercial Van, 7 to 15 passenger capacity - $50.00

Commercial van, 7 to 15 passenger capacity; $50 - 7 days for Original Manifest

Commercial Minibus, 16 to 25 passenger capacity - $60.00

Minibus, 16 to 25 passenger capacity; $60 - 7 days for Original Manifest

Commercial Motorcoach, 26 or more passenger capacity - $150.00

Motorcoach, 26 or more passenger capacity; $150 - 7 days for Original Manifest

Entrance Passes:

Badlands National Park Annual Pass - $40.00

This pass admits a single, private, non commercial vehicle and its occupants into the park. This pass does not include camping or give any type of discount at stores inside the park. Valid for one year from month of purchase.

White River Visitor Center

The visitor center is located on the Pine Ridge Reservation and offers a staffed information desk, exhibits, restrooms, picnic tables, and water. Impromptu talks are offered daily throughout the summer season.

Ben Reifel Visitor Center

Located at park headquarters, the Ben Reifel Visitor Center features exhibits, an air conditioned theater, a new film, Land of Stone and Light, and restroom facilities.

 

Planning ahead can often make the difference between a good trip and a great one. Explore these pages to discover the essential information you need to know before you leave home.

 
On the Road into Badlands National Park by Photographer Gabby Salazar, 2008 Artist in Residence
On the Road into Badlands National Park by Photographer Gabby Salazar, 2008 Artist in Residence

© 2008 Gabby Salazar

 
However you choose to arrive, once you are here you will enjoy unmatched spectacular scenery from our scenic roadways.

While hiking, exploring, and traveling through the park, it is important to follow safety precautions and park regulations to enjoy a safe visit and prevent injuries or death.

Badlands National Park offers a diverse array of experiences for everyone, including those with accessibility needs

Pets are permitted in Badlands National Park with some restrictions. Pets must be kept on a leash no more than six feet in length at all times. Pets are only permitted in developed areas, such as campgrounds and picnic areas, and other areas open to motor vehicles, such as gravel and paved roadways, roadway corridors, and parking lots. Pets are prohibited from hiking trails, public buildings (i.e. visitor centers), and backcountry areas, including the Badlands Wilderness Area, and areas with prairie dog colonies. Pet etiquette dictates always cleaning up animal waste and disposing of it in trash receptacles.

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.

Stay informed before, during, and after your visit! Follow us @BadlandsNPS on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Photos and videos can help you better plan what you want to see and do during your visit.


 

Last updated: March 2, 2016

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

25216 Ben Reifel Road
Interior, SD 57750

Phone:

(605) 433-5361

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