Badlands National Park

20695 Sd Highway 240
Interior, SD 57750

 

The Badlands National Park, or “mako sica” as it is known to the Lakota people, is a place of mystery, spirituality and natural beauty. Located near Wall, South Dakota, the Badlands National Park consists of 244,000 acres of sharply eroded buttes, pinnacles and spires blended with the largest, protected mixed grass prairie in the United States.

Once home to ancient marine life, early mammals and now bison, bighorn sheep and ferrets, Badlands National Park is a must-see stop filled with painted canyons and photo opportunities.
One million visitors are attracted to the park’s 244,000 acres each year, which are divided between three units for hiking and exploring. The Stronghold and Palmer Creek Units to the south are also part of the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. An entrance fee is required to enter Badlands National Park, and is valid for 7 days.

Ben Reifel Visitor Center
Hours of Operation
Winter
8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Mid April – Mid May
8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Summer
7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Early Sept to late Oct
8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The National Park Service offers the following Entrance Fee Free Days this year:

  • January 21: Martin Luther King Jr. Day
  • April 20: First Day of National Park Week
  • August 25: National Park Service Anniversary
  • September 28: National Public Lands Day
  • November 11: Veterans Day