Badlands

Badlands National Park

South Dakota, United States

About


Designated as a National Park in 1978

The Badlands are a collection of buttes, pinnacles, spires, and mixed-grass prairies. The White River Badlands contain the largest assemblage of known late Eocene and Oligocene mammal fossils. The wildlife includes bison, bighorn sheep, black-footed ferrets, and prairie dogs.

Activities


Weather


Today
5/25/2024
Clouds
20°C
L: 20.3°C
H: 22.1°C
Scattered clouds
Feels like: 19°C
POP: 0%
Humidity: 30%
Wind: 4 kph NE
Tomorrow
5/26/2024
Rain
18°C
L: 18.4°C
H: 18.4°C
Light rain
Feels like: 18°C
POP: 100%
Humidity: 57%
Wind: 7 kph N
Monday
5/27/2024
Clear
21°C
L: 21.2°C
H: 21.2°C
Clear sky
Feels like: 20°C
POP: 0%
Humidity: 32%
Wind: 9 kph N
Weather data from: OpenWeatherMap

Official park contact info


Phone: (605) 433-5361
Additional information: Badlands Visitor Center

Reviews

4.9

10,733 reviews found on the web

Helpful reviews:

Just magical. Very similar to the Petrified Forest with the added bonus of so many amazing animals at your fingertips. Buffalo, Prairie Dogs, Long Horn Sheep just feet from you. We’ve spent 2 days here and could spend many more. So much to see. Beautiful views no matter where you look. Try to catch a sunset, so beautiful.
William P.
It's an almost other-worldly experience. The landscape is incredible, the colors look painted on. I have taken as long trip through Glacier, Yellowstone, Grand Teton, MT Rushmore and the Badlands. After Glacier the Badlands were my most favorite. So beautiful. Something different to admire and hawk at at every corner. A brilliant natural phenomenon.
Ty
The Badlands is amazing. Worth seeing. I'd even venture to say its more worth it to see this than Mt. Rushmore. Truly amazing place. This last time was the first time I saw it in the snow, very pretty.
Chuck D.
William P.
August 2020

Just magical. Very similar to the Petrified Forest with the added bonus of so many amazing animals at your fingertips. Buffalo, Prairie Dogs, Long Horn Sheep just feet from you. We’ve spent 2 days here and could spend many more. So much to see. Beautiful views no matter where you look. Try to catch a sunset, so beautiful.

Ty
August 2020

It's an almost other-worldly experience. The landscape is incredible, the colors look painted on. I have taken as long trip through Glacier, Yellowstone, Grand Teton, MT Rushmore and the Badlands. After Glacier the Badlands were my most favorite. So beautiful. Something different to admire and hawk at at every corner. A brilliant natural phenomenon.

Chuck D.
October 2020

The Badlands is amazing. Worth seeing. I'd even venture to say its more worth it to see this than Mt. Rushmore. Truly amazing place. This last time was the first time I saw it in the snow, very pretty.

Oliver R.
November 2020

It's amazing. One of its kind. Driving through this was fun. There are places you can find prairie dogs, big horn sheep, bisons etc. There are so many scenic points to click pictures and take a look at rocky mountains, land formations, steep canyons. We were there on a sunny day so would recommend travel with energy drinks, water, sunscreen, hat. Do stop your vehicle at various overlook points, it's beautiful ; The Fossil Exhibit Trail, Pinnacles Overlook, Yellow Mounds Overlook, White River Valley, Panorama Point etc.

Paco S.
August 2020

Pretty amazing! Please bring plenty of water, electrolytes and wear sunscreen. Plan your route ahead of time. The trails are not difficult. The drive is beautiful and scenic; get out of your car to optimize your enjoyment of the sights!

Elijah
June 2020

Takes about and hour to drive through going speed limit but you will want to spend more time getting out of the car, going for how's and taking pictures. Be careful for snakes and bring water. They also recommend staying on trails to preserve the nature. Lots of dinosaur fossils have been and are being discovered here.

Chuck S.
December 2020

Amazing place to visit. The views are amazing! I could spend a whole week in this place. Make sure to bring plenty of food and water.

Liv X
September 2020

Very cool and interesting to see the dramatically different and changing topography. Plenty of Bison and Prairie Dogs along the way too. Didn't get to see the South end of the park since the Lakota tribe closed it off due to Covid-19. Still a great drive through the rest of the park though.

Rashad E.
December 2020

We drove Sage Creek Road from Scenic all the way to Interior & enjoyed all the sights. Parts of the gravel road were like a washboard but not too bad. There were sufficient turnouts to stop without blocking traffic. Definitely a great place to see & explore!

Tato I.
November 2020

Amazing. Plenty of buffalo, long horned sheep, eagles and prairie dogs running around for visitors to see. The badlands scenery is amazing and you’ll personally feel the windswept nature of the place (step outside even in early fall and have the moisture stripped from your skin by the wind).

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