From the wide-open prairie to the lush river bottoms, through canyons and to the tops of buttes in the rugged Badlands, the park provides visitors with an opportunity to experience the natural and cultural history of western North Dakota. There are self-guided nature trails, interpretive waysides, museum exhibits, and park films to help you learn on your own. For most of the year (generally September - May), the historic Maltese Cross Cabin is open for self-guided tours.
During the summer, join a ranger for a guided tour, short talk, or evening campfire program to learn more about the natural and cultural history of this incredible landscape. Below is a general description of the types of Ranger Programs offered throughout the park.