National Park South Dakota


Planning your trip to the Badlands? Take a look at the calendar below for events on the specific day you will be visiting the park.

Daily ranger programs are offered Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day.

Special Events

Sage Creek Wilderness Guided Hike!
Friday, Aug 9, 2019
Friday, Aug 23, 2019

Enjoy a ranger-guided hike into the Sage Creek Wilderness Area. Experience the beauty of the Badlands prairie, explore its unique geology, and learn about the concept and values of wilderness preservation during this five-hour hike.

• Wear boots with good traction and ankle support for hiking over rough terrain.
• Bring plenty of water, as water is not available along the hike.

For Reservations:
Advance registration is required at least 24 hours prior to the hike and each date is limited to 25 participants.

To register email and or call 605.433.5246

Meet at the Sage Creek Campground at 8:00 a.m. the day of the hike.

Badlands Heritage Celebration
August 17-18, 2019

People have been in the badlands area for thousands of years. The scenic landscape of the badlands has great historical and spiritual significance to the Lakota people, and many of the park’s neighbors are descendants of homesteaders. Join Badlands National Park in celebrating the area’s history and culture during this two day event.

Hoop of Life with Kevin Locke
August 17, 2019

Hoop of Life Program incorporates Indigenous Flute music samples from the prairies and beyond, Sign Language, Prayer songs in Lakota language, storytelling and much more. The hoop dance is a choreographed prayer invoking the universal metaphor of the hoop - a symbol that for all peoples represents; peace, unity, beauty, balance, continuity and harmony. It is a prayer that we may all be restored to wholeness and wellbeing; physically, emotionally, mentally and spiritually not just as individuals but collectively with all of humankind and creation.

Founder's Day
August 25, 2019

Time for birthday cake! Join the staff at Badlands National Park, the Cedar Pass Lodge, and the Badlands Natural History Association in celebrating the National Park Service’s 103rd birthday with birthday cake. The National Park Service was created on August 25, 1916, when President Woodrow Wilson signed the National Park Service Act.


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Last updated: August 5, 2019

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25216 Ben Reifel Road
Interior, SD 57750


(605) 433-5361

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