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.
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
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.
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.
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.