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Your Guide to Badlands National Park

Take a trip to Badlands National Park. This guide includes hours, weather, fees, maps, and directions. Make a copy and use it for yourself!

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Badlands National Park is in southwestern South Dakota. Its dramatic landscapes span layered rock formations, steep canyons and towering spires.

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.

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.


Fee covers the entry of an individual that is hiking, bicycling, etc... for 7 days

Fee covers the entry of a motorcycle and its occupants for 7 days

Commercial sedan, 1 to 6 passenger capacity. $25 plus $10 per person - 7 days for Original Manifest

Commercial van, 7 to 15 passenger capacity; $50 - 7 days for Original Manifest

Minibus, 16 to 25 passenger capacity; $60 - 7 days for Original Manifest

Motorcoach, 26 or more passenger capacity; $150 - 7 days for Original Manifest


Attend a Junior Ranger Program and hike Fossil Exhibit Trail, a great place for little ones to explore.


Backcountry camping


The Badlands weather is variable and unpredictable with temperature extremes ranging from 116° F to -40° F.

Summers are hot and dry with occasional violent thunderstorms.

Hailstorms and occasional tornadoes can descend on the Badlands with sudden fury.

Winters are typically cold with 12 to 24 inches of total snowfall.

Contact Information

Phone: 6054335361

Hours for Badlands National Park

The park is open to visitors all year with the exception of weather closures. View closures:

Sunday: All Day

Monday: All Day

Tuesday: All Day

Wednesday: All Day

Thursday: All Day

Friday: All Day

Saturday: All Day

Badlands National Park is located 75 miles east of Rapid City, South Dakota.

Park Headquarters: 25216 Ben Reifel Road, Interior, SD 57750.

Northeast Entrance (I-90, Exit 131): 21020 SD Hwy 240, Interior, SD 57750.

Pinnacles Entrance (I-90, Exit 110): 24240 Hwy 240, Wall, SD 57790.

Interior Entrance: 20640 SD Hwy 377, Interior, SD 57750.