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.
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.
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Last updated: January 12, 2018