National Parks / Natural World
Badlands National Park Interior
Where is it at?
Badlands National Park
20695 South Dakota 240
Tel: 605 433-5361
Where are we going today?
There are some pretty amazing parts of the USA to explore, and Badlands National Park certainly doesn't disappoint! It's a pretty incredible experience to visit, and one that the whole family will enjoy!
The area is completely rugged, and has the WORLD's riches fossil beds which date back an incredible 37-28 MILLION years! How amazing is that! Across the whopping 244,000 acres the whole family can learn the evolutionary stories of creatures such as the rhino and the hose. The area itself is incredible, with pinnacles, spires and buttes which have all been sharply eroded.
Did you know that the area was once roamed by those very scary looking creatures - the saber-toothed cat? Can you imagine what life would be like if they still existed today!
It's not just the extinct animals that still call the Badlands National Park home. Today, you can still encounter a range of wildlife, including the bighorn sheep, prairie dogs, ferrets and those iconic bison! You certainly will want your camera for that!
There are a number of things that you can fill your day with at the national park. Why not drive the Badlands Hwy 240 loop road which gives you an incredible tour of the area that will show off it's impressive landscapes! There is the ben Reifel Visitor Center where you can check out a range of interactive exhibits that focus on the prairie ecology, the cultural history as well as palaeontology.
Kids will love assembling a virtual skeleton on a touch screen, and even touch fossilized animal casts!
If kids love the fossils, the Palaeontology Lab is a great trip for them where they can see the palaeontologists at work as they explain about the scientific discoveries being made!
An amazing place for amazing families - like you!
How much does it cost?
- Adults$7 individual. $15 per vehicle (valid 7 days)
- ChildrenSame as adult
When can we go?
Visitor Center: 8am open. Close between 4pm and 7pm depending on the month
Open all year round, but closed on Christmas, New Years Day and Thanksgiving days
They LOVE having students and teachers with them, with a whole range of material for topics like bison, fossils, and geology. Something for every grade!.
Why not bring a picnic and enjoy a lunch with the family!.
Make sure you have bottled water with you to keep hydrated. .
Any Top Tips?
If you want to extend your stay, check out the campgrounds within the park! Nothing better than waking up to an incredible view of the sun over the rocks! .
Doing our bit
The park service really look after the area so help them out and pick up after yourself!.
Need a little extra help?
The visitor is accessible, with parking and restrooms too. The campsites are also fully accessible! .
Can I get one of those?
The visitor center has a bookstore where you can get a range of posters, videos, and books to continue your education on the area! .
What people are saying?
by Joe M
There aren't words that can describe this scenery. This is a must stop on any trip to this area there are so many pull offs and scenic views you can easily spend hours or a couple days in this park. Pack water and a pick nick and just enjoy a calming relaxing lunch. Be sure to visit the museum as there is allot of great info there along with very helpful park rangers.
by Ken Gamache
What an amazing surprise. The rock formations, the geological history, the great short hiking trails and the abundance of wildlife was very impressive. This is a must see. Specifically, take the sage road, it is dirt, but in very good shape, we saw big horn sheep, mountain goats, bison, rabbits, bobcats, and antelope in abundance up close and personal.
If you ever get a chance to go, please do. You should probably go when it is not too warm however, spring or fall would probably be good.
by Jason Mrachina
Our family loved the stay here. We camped at Cedar Pass for two nights. Highlights were the junior ranger program, star gazing with a ranger (fri and sat only), plus hiking the notch and door trails.
For those on a tight schedule, at least visit one or two hikes. Stop at the pinnacles and yellow mounds over look. Dont forget the Ben Reifel visitor center either.
If you are camping out west, plan one night in cedar pass. They have pull through sites, no camp fires but electrcity. It is awesome at night
by Joe Defur
Nice place to see. The visitors center has a lot of information be sure to check it out first. Wife and kids also enjoyed the Park.
by Anderson Adams
An incredibly relaxing place to visit. It seemed most visitors just stay a day or two so once you get your camp set up take a stroll. Beware of bison!