Badlands National Park
Badlands National Park

Badlands National Park

I-90, Quinn Township, South Dakota, 57775

The Basics

Many visitors explore the park on the Badlands Loop Road. The scenic drive offers ample vistas, places to see wildlife, and lots of photo opportunities. To head deeper into the park, take a hike on one of the area’s many trails or join a ranger-led program, such as a geology or fossil-focused hike. You can also learn more about the animals that once roamed this area at the Fossil Preparation Lab.

The park offers a number of campsites at the Cedar Pass Campground and the Sage Creek Campground (a free, primitive campground). You can take multi-day backpacking trips into the park’s backcountry. For more information, stop at the Ben Reifel Visitor Center or Pinnacles entrance station.

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Badlands National Park Adventure, Wall Drug and Baja
Badlands National Park Adventure, Wall Drug and Baja
$349.00 per adult
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Things to Know Before You Go

  • You must pay an entrance fee to access the park, but you do not need reservations to go camping.

  • Ranger-led programs are only available in the summer.

  • The park offers covered picnic areas; to purchase food, stop by the Cedar Pass Lodge, which offers items like a buffalo burgers and line-caught fish.

  • The park has wheelchair-accessible visitor centers, campsites, and vista points.

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How to Get There

Located just off I-90, the park is a convenient detour on a cross-country road trip; take exit 131 for SD-240. The most convenient airport is in Rapid City; to reach the park, head east on 1-90 to the park’s northwest entrance, about an hour away.

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When to Get There

The park is open all year round, but the most popular time to visit is during the summer. Overcrowding is rarely an issue, but if you want to have the place to yourself, visit in the spring or fall. If you don’t mind colder temperatures, you can also visit in the winter; snow accumulation is rare.

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Must-Visit Parks in South Dakota

While in South Dakota, don’t miss the state’s other acclaimed parks: The famous stone likenesses of past presidents at Mount Rushmore National Memorial are at the top most visitors’ lists of the lists. You can also explore one of the country’s longest cave systems at Wind Cave National Park, or do more wildlife viewing at Custer State Park.

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Frequently Asked Questions
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