Badlands National Park
9 mi 15 km of trail — 3 Featured Hikes
Badlands National Park features some of the most unique and rugged landscapes anywhere on earth. This awe-inspiring setting draws people from around the world to visit the park. The fascinating geologic features found in the park contain one of the world's most plentiful fossil beds. Early mammals such as the saber-toothed cat once walked here. The park protects 244,000 acres of mixed-grass prairie where bighorn sheep, bison, black-footed ferrets, and prairie dogs live today. Whether you are exploring the expansive prairie or taking in the views of the striking geologic features, Badlands is sure to leave a lasting impression.
To learn more about Badlands National Park, visit www.nps.gov.
Operating hours for both visitor centers vary by season. The White River Visitor Center is only open in the summer and daily hours vary with staff availability. To see current hours of operation and for more information, visit the park's website.
- Ben Reifel Visitor Center: Hours vary by season. Closed Thanksgiving, Chrismas Day and New Year's Day.
- White River Visitor Center: Open summer only from 10 am to 3 pm, as staff is available.
Fees & Passes:
- Private Vehicle: $15 for 7 days
- Motorcycle: $10 for 7 days
- Per person: $7 for 7 days
- Badlands National Park Annual Pass: $30 per year
- Purchase an annual pass for all national parks sites, $80
To learn more about park fees, click here.
Camping & Lodging
There are two campgrounds within Badlands National Park. Both campgrounds are open year-round, and camping is limited to 14 days. Reservations for Cedar Pass Campground can be made online or by calling (605) 433-5460. For more information about camping in the park, click here.
- Cedar Pass Campground: 96 sites. $22 per night per site for up to 2 people ($4 per additional person). $37 per night per site with electrical hook-ups. Group sites are avaiable for $4 per person, with a $40 per site minimum.
- Sage Creek Campground: No fee. Available on a first come, first served basis.
Backcountry camping is permitted and while a permit is not currently required, it is recommended that visitors planning on camping in the backcountry contact the Visitor Center for more information and to notify a ranger in order to ensure their safety. More information on backcountry camping can be found here.
For those looking for lodging options with more amenities, Cedar Pass Lodge offers individual cabins and rooms at the Badlands Inn. For more information or to make reservations visit cedarpasslodge.com.
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0.6 mi 1.0 km#1 Notch Trail
|0.6 mi 1.0 km||Kadoka, SD||15|
5.3 mi 8.5 km#2 Castle Trail
|5.3 mi 8.5 km||Kadoka, SD||7|
0.3 mi 0.5 km#3 Saddle Pass Trail
|0.3 mi 0.5 km||Kadoka, SD||9|
0.6 mi 0.9 km#4 Cliff Shelf Trail
|0.6 mi 0.9 km||Kadoka, SD||5|
0.1 mi 0.2 km#5 Door Trail
|0.1 mi 0.2 km||Kadoka, SD||7|
0.1 mi 0.2 km#6 Window Trail
|0.1 mi 0.2 km||Kadoka, SD||4|
2.2 mi 3.5 km#7 Medicine Root Loop
|2.2 mi 3.5 km||Kadoka, SD||3|
0.2 mi 0.3 km#8 Fossil Exhibit Trail
|0.2 mi 0.3 km||Kadoka, SD||3|
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