Looking for wildlife in the Badlands? Animals both big and small can be found throughout the park, and getting a glimpse of them can be very exciting. If you do come across wildlife during your visit, keep in mind that these animals are wild and can be dangerous if approached.
Bison are best seen from Sage Creek Rim Road, which overlooks the Badlands Wilderness Area where they live. Bighorn Sheep are often seen on the rocky precipices of Pinnacles Overlook and in Cedar Pass areas like Castle Trail and Big Badlands Overlook. Prairie dog towns exist throughout the park and can be viewed from the road at Burns Basin Overlook, Roberts Prairie Dog Town, and Sage Creek Campground. Locations for other wildlife (such as deer, coyotes, or snakes) are variable, so keep your eyes peeled – they may be just around the corner!
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Last updated: August 31, 2020