Permits & Reservations


The Cedar Pass Lodge and Cedar Pass Campground are located in Badlands National Park and operated by Forever Resorts. Please visit their website or call 877-386-4383 for more information.

Special Use Permits

What is a Special Park Use (SPU)?

Badlands National Park's rugged beauty and spectacular scenery lead many to consider its use as a backdrop for filming, organized activities, or wedding ceremonies. A Special Park Use is a short-term activity, like those mentioned, that occurs in a National Park Service area and:

  • Provides a benefit to an individual, group, or organization, rather than the public at large

  • Requires written authorization and some degree of management control from the National Park Service in order to protect park resources and the public interest

  • Is not prohibited by law or regulation

  • Is neither initiated, sponsored, nor conducted by the National Park Service

Special Park Uses, if approved, require the issuance of Special Use Permits and payment of permit fees before the activity can be held in the park. Special Use Permits must be acquired for commercial filming / photography and weddings.

How to Apply for an Event Special Use Permit (SUP)

  • Complete and sign the Special Use Permit Application (short form) for small/basic events OR the Special Use Permit Application (long form) for larger/complex events. Submit with the complete application package pursuant to instructions listed in the application.
  • Instruct your insurance company to send an Insurance Certificate naming the United States of America as additionally insured to the Special Park Uses Office of Badlands National Park by email or hardcopy.
  • Include payment in the form of check or money order made payable to the National Park Service for the non-refundable $100.00 application fee with your application package OR pay online: Online Payment for Event Special Use Permit Application

First Amendment Activities

  • Freedom of speech, press, religion, and assembly are constitutional rights. However, the courts have recognized that activities associated with the exercise of these rights may be reasonably regulated to protect park resources. Guidelines and other information can be found on the First Amendment Activities page.
  • Badlands National Park has two designated areas for First Amendment activities
    • Grass walkway between the Cedar Pass Lodge and the Ben Reifel Visitor Center
    • Grass Island between the Ben Reifel Visitor Center and Hwy 240

How to Apply for a Commercial Filming / Photography Special Use Permit (SUP)

Commercial Filming/Videos

Still Photography

1 - 2 people (camera & tripod only)


1 - 10 people


1 - 10 people


11 - 30 people


11 - 30 people


Over 30 people


31 - 49 people


Over 50 people


How to Apply for a Commercial Use Authorization Permit (CUA)

Information can be found here: Commercial Use Authorizations

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the fees for a SUP?

A $100 application fee is due with the application. This fee is non-refundable. Additional fees for monitoring, interviewing park employees, and/or location fees may apply.

Why does the park charge a fee for a SUP?

National Park Service Policy requires the Superintendent to charge a reasonable fee for SUPs. The park retains such fees to help pay for the cost of the SPU program, including administration, monitoring and training.

How long does it take to obtain a SUP?

A minimum of 14 days (2 business days for First Amendment) is required, but some requests could take longer for issuance of a SUP. Delays will occur if application materials are not submitted accurately or completely, or if permits needing signature are not returned promptly. All required documentation must be received before the SUP will be issued.

What happens once I submit an application?
  1. Once we have reviewed your application packet you will be notified if further information is needed. Once we have received all required documents, and if your request is approved, we will send you a permit for your signature.
  2. You will then need to sign and return the permit for final approval.
  3. You are not authorized to begin your permit activity in the Park until you receive the permit that has been signed by the Superintendent, or delegated official.
If you have questions or need more information, please call us at 605-279-2367 or email the Revenue and Fee Business Program Manager.

Last updated: May 22, 2019

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