Badlands National Park, South Dakota

Badlands National Parks attracts visitors worldwide with it's natural charm. The fossil beds found in Badlands are world renowned. Fossil from marine life, mammals, birds, invertebrates, and reptiles can be found here. Badlands is 381 square miles in area and is a protected area for wildlife.

Badlands National Park Info


Badlands National Park

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Badlands National Park Accessible to Public With No Services During Government Shutdown

During the federal government shutdown, Badlands will remain open. However, there will be no visitor services, and hazardous or dangerous conditions may exist.   Highway 240 (Loop Road) and Sage Creek Rim Road will remain open if weather conditions allow. However, rangers will close roads if weather conditions are unsafe for travel. Pinnacles Overlook, Big Badlands Overlook, Cliff Shelf and the Notch Trail will remain open. Please note emergency services will be limited during the shutdown.

Environmental Assessment for Cedar Pass Development Concept Plan Available for Public Review

Environmental Assessment for Cedar Pass Development Concept Plan Available for Public Review

Celebrate National Park Week at Badlands

Badlands National Park will celebrate National Park Week with free entrance on Saturday, April 21, 2018. This year’s theme is “Park Stars,” celebrating everything from starry skies to superstar volunteers, park features, and resources.

Mike Pflaum Selected as Superintendent of Badlands National Park

Mike Pflaum, a 35-year veteran of the National Park Service (NPS), has been selected as the new Superintendent of Badlands National Park. Pflaum has served as the Superintendent of Keweenaw National Historical Park in Calumet, Michigan since January, 2011, with an intervening assignment at Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore. Pflaum begins his new assignment on August 23, 2015.

Badlands National Park Photos

Layered in the Badlands

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Layered in the Badlands

Snow covered peaks

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Snow covered peaks

It's snowing outside, so thought I would add some more snow to my photostream.

Bandlands National Park - South Dakota

Hiking in the Badlands of South Dakota

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Hiking in the Badlands of South Dakota

Located in Southwestern South Dakota, the dramatic landscapes in Badlands National Park span layered rock formations, steep canyons and towering spires. Bison, bighorn sheep and prairie dogs inhabit its grasslands. The Badlands Loop Road (Highway 240) winds past scenic lookouts and several hiking trails begin near the Ben Reifel Visitor Center.

Peaks in the distance..

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Peaks in the distance..

Badlands National Park, South Dakota

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Badlands National Park Scenery

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Badlands National Park Scenery

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Badlands National Park Scenery

Enter the Badlands

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Enter the Badlands

Badlands Sunrise Panorama

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Badlands Sunrise Panorama

Badlands Sunrise

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Badlands Sunrise

Sunkissed Peaks

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Sunkissed Peaks

Badlands Afterglow

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Badlands Afterglow

Standing Bull

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Standing Bull

The shaggy bull stood up and licks the air with his tongue.

The Badlands

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The Badlands

Badlands National Park, South Dakota

Sunset - South Dakota Grassland

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Sunset - South Dakota Grassland

The Badlands

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The Badlands

Badlands National Park, South Dakota

The Badlands

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The Badlands

Peaks and Valleys

Sitting Bull

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Sitting Bull

A shaggy bull siutting in the grass takes note of me about 100 yards away.

Spectacular Badlands Sunset

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Spectacular Badlands Sunset

Yes, the clouds were beautiful.

Buffalo

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Buffalo

Two bison relax amid the grasslands of Badlands National Park