When Theodore Roosevelt came to Dakota Territory to hunt bison in 1883, he was a skinny, young, spectacled dude from New York. He could not have imagined how his adventure in this remote and unfamiliar place would forever alter the course of the nation. The rugged landscape and strenuous life that TR experienced here would help shape a conservation policy that we still benefit from today.
In Honor of a President
Bison Conservation: Why DNA Matters
Check out what scientists are doing in the park to preserve our national mammal.
Roosevelt in the Badlands
Learn more about how our 26th President spent his time here in the Badlands and how his conservation ethic was born.
Take a Journey Through the Badlands
Take an hour to two out of your time to drive the Scenic Drives in either the North and/or South Units of TRNP - a memorable journey.
Camping: South and North Unit
Campground reservations and first-come, first-serve sites (no hookups).
Your Pass Now
Avoid the lines and buy your weekly or annual pass online before you visit!
View Painted Canyon Anytime
Always stop at Painted Canyon during the summer season for that last gorgeous view of the park? With our webcam, you can see it anytime!
Last updated: October 31, 2017