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Entrance Fees

Fees for Private Vehicles

These fees admit the purchaser (and passengers) in a single, private, non-commercial vehicle. Visitors entering on foot or bicycle may purchase Individual Admission, listed below. The fees listed below are non-transferable and non-refundable. Admission to the park does not cover camping fees.

For private vehicles, entry to Badlands National Park is $30 and is valid for 7 days.
For motorcycles, entry to Badlands National Park is $25 and is valid for 7 days.
Entry fee for individuals is $15 per person (age 16+) and is valid for 7 days.
 

Group Fees

If you are traveling with a non-commercial organized group (service organizations, scouts, academic groups, etc), see the tabs below for more information on fees.
Non-commercial organized groups include service organizations, scouts, church groups, college/school clubs, and the like. In a 16+ passenger capacity vehicle, admission for these groups are $15 per person (age 16+) and is valid for 7 days.
Education Fee Waivers are available to academic institutions whose visit purpose is educational rather than recreational. If your group meets the eligibility criteria, please complete and submit an Application for Waiver of Fees (95 KB PDF). For further information on fee waivers or eligibility criteria, contact the Revenue and Fee Program Manager.

Commercial Tours

If you are taking a group into the park as a commercial tour guide, see the fees below. Please note that fees are based on vehicle capacity, not number of passengers. For more information on conducting business in the park, see Commercial Use Authorizations (CUAs).

Admission for a commercial sedan (1-6 passenger capacity) is $25 plus $10/person. Admission is valid for 7 days for original manifest.
Admission for a commercial van (7-15 passenger capacity) is $50. Admission is valid for 7 days for original manifest.
Admission for a commercial minibus (16-25 passenger capacity) is $60. Admission is valid for 7 days for original manifest.
Admission for a commercial motorcoach (26+ passenger capacity) is $150. Admission is valid for 7 days for original manifest.

 

Passes

If you plan to visit Badlands or other federal recreation sites multiple times, a pass may be the right entry fee for you. See below for details on all the different passes you can purchase while entering Badlands National Park. For more information on federal recreation area passes, visit

Badlands National Park

If you are a repeat visitor to the Badlands, this pass may be for you. Pay a one-time fee to acess the park for an entire year.

The Badlands National Park Annual Pass ($55) covers entrance fees for the pass holder and accompanying passengers in a single, private, non-commercial vehicle. This pass does not cover camping fees and is non-transferable and non-refundable. This pass can be purchased at all entrance stations.

Federal Recreation Area Passes (Includes National Parks)

A pass is your ticket to more than 2,000 federal recreation sites. Each pass covers entrance fees at national parks and national wildlife refuges as well as standard amenity fees (day use fees) at national forests and grasslands, and at lands managed by the Bureau of Land Management, Bureau of Reclamation and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. A pass covers entrance, standard amenity fees and day use fees for a driver and all passengers in a personal vehicle at per vehicle fee areas (or up to four adults at sites that charge per person). Children age 15 or under are admitted free.

Available to everyone, the $80 Annual Pass is valid for 12 months from the month of purchase.
Available to U.S. citizens or permanent residents age 62 or over, the annual Senior Pass is $20 and is valid for 12 months from the month of purchase. The lifetime Senior Pass is $80 and is valid for the passholder's lifetime. Customers must provide documentation of age and residency or citizenship.
Available to U.S. citizens or permanent residents with permanent disabilities, the Access Pass is free. Applicants must provide documentation of permanent disability and residency or citizenship.

The Military Pass is available for free to current U.S. Military personnel and their dependents who present, in person, a U.S. Department of Defense CAC identification or DD Form 1173 dependent identification and are in the following military personnel classification:

• Current members of the U.S. Army, Air Force, Navy, Marines, Coast Guard, and National Guard
• Dependents of current U.S. military members with DD Form 1173
• U.S. Military Cadets
• U.S. Active Reservists (Do not need to be deployed)


Every Kid in a Park
Are you in the fourth grade? Is there a fourth grader or home school equivalent student in your family? You can get a free pass to federal public lands!
Fourth graders (or a home school equivalent) are granted a free Every Kid in a Park Pass by visiting this website, printing out their pass, and presenting it at an entry booth.

 

Fee Free Entrance Days in 2020

The National Park Service offers the following Entrance Fee Free Days this year:

  • January 20, 2020 (Birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr.)

  • April 18, 2020 (the first day of National Park Week)

  • August 25, 2020 (the National Park Service's birthday)

  • September 26, 2020 (National Public Lands Day)

  • November 11, 2020 (Veterans Day)

 

Your Fees Benefit the Park

The fees you pay when visiting Badlands make a difference! Under the Federal Recreation Lands Enhancement Act, national parks keep 80% of all fees collected and use that money to fund critical projects that improve visitor services and protect natural and cultural resources.

Using fees, Badlands National Park spends approximately $2 million per year on local projects such as:

  • Road overlays, patching, chipseal, drainage, and erosion control

  • Accessibility improvements for people with disabilities

  • Campground unpgrades

  • Rehabilitation of park structures

  • Radio and utility systems repairs

Last updated: June 23, 2020

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

25216 Ben Reifel Road
Interior, SD 57750

Phone:

(605) 433-5361

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