Badlands National Park

20695 Sd Highway 240
Interior, SD

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.

Badlands National Park's 244,000 acres 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. See Map of Pine Ridge Reservation. An entrance fee is required to enter Badlands National Park, and is valid for 7 days.

Ben Reifel Visitor Center
Hours of Operation
8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Mid April - Mid May
8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
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:

  • Martin Luther King Jr. Day
  • First Day of National Park Week
  • National Park Service Anniversary
  • National Public Lands Day
  • November 11: Veterans Day

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Accessible facilities
Accessible parking
Wheelchair accessible building
Pets allowed