Good Times in the Badlands

Good Times in the Badlands

The rugged beauty of the Badlands draws visitors from around the world. These striking geologic deposits contain one of the world’s richest fossil beds. Ancient mammals such as the rhino, horse, and saber-toothed cat once roamed here. The park’s 244,000 acres protect an expanse of mixed-grass prairie where bison, bighorn sheep, prairie dogs, and black-footed ferrets live today.


Badlands Loop Road with formations in the background

Planning A Trip?

Find out what there is to do. Information for camping, hiking, and much more.

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junior rangers

Become a Junior Ranger

Explore! Learn! Protect! That’s the Jr Ranger motto. Complete a booklet or attend a program to earn a badge.

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Badlands butte

Photos & Media

Link to thousands of public domain photos on Flickr, watch a short video, or explore art and interactive gigapans.

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two interns stand atop the Notch Trail

Meet Our Interns

You may meet one of our eight youth interns during your visit. These teens are accomplished young leaders in their communities. Follow their blog

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oil painting of Angel Butte by Brenda Howell 2010, artist in residence

Art in the Park

Artists are invited to interpret the Badlands through their work. View examples from photographers, visual artists, and writers in the online gallery.

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Female visitor enjoys solitude in the badlands photo by Larry McAfee

Take Us With You

Badlands videos and photos are available to download onto your mobile devices or computers. Check us out at YouTube, iTunes, Twitter, and Flickr.

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Five people hike through grassland with badlands formations in the background

Take a Hike

A variety of hiking trails offer something for everyone. Select the trail that’s right for you.

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close up of bison in profile

Bison Conservation

Watch this 8 minute video to learn more about the National Park Service’s continued efforts at restoring the bison across the Great Plains.

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using a GPS unit to explore the Badlands

GPS Adventure

Coming to Badlands with a GPS? Take a look at the new GPS Adventure booklet. Complete at least four activities and earn a patch!

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Did You Know?

Historic photo of the Cedar Pass cabinsThe Cedar Pass Lodge dates back to 1928 when Ben Millard and his sister Clara opened the Cedar Pass Camp to provide services to tourists braving the area’s dusty, undeveloped roads. The Camp once consisted of a grocery store, gas station, dance hall, and cabins. It remains an oasis for travelers.

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