Fees & Passes

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.

In Badlands, your fees will allow us to spend 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 upgrades
  • rehabilitation of park structures
  • radio and utility systems repairs

Entrance Fees

Private Vehicle:
$30 - Valid for 7 days

Motorcycle: $25 - Valid for 7 days

Individual (hike, bicycle, etc...): $15 per person 16 and older - Valid for 7 days

Admits the purchaser and passengers in a single, private, non-commercial vehicle or the purchaser when entry is by other means (hike, bicycle, etc...) - Non-transferable, non-refundable, and does not cover camping fees


Commercial Tours

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 - 7 days for Original Manifest

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

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

Commercial Use Authorizations
Non-Commercial, Organized Groups (service organizations, scouts, church groups, college/school clubs, etc...) in 16 passenger or more capacity vehicle: $15 per person 16 and older - Valid for 7 days
Education Fee Waivers

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.

Badlands National Park Annual Pass:

The Badlands National Park Annual Pass 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.

America the Beautiful: The National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Pass Series

Annual - Senior - Access - Military

Passes can be obtained at all entrance stations. For more information visit the National Park and Federal Lands Passes website.

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 can get their pass by going to the Every Kid in a Park website and following the instructions.


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)
Badlands National Park has been approved to increase its entrance fees. The increase will take place January 1, 2020.

Last updated: March 6, 2020

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

25216 Ben Reifel Road
Interior, SD 57750


(605) 433-5361

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