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Badlands National Park

25216 Ben Reifel Road
P.O. Box 6
Interior, South Dakota 57750

Park Headquarters
(605) 433-5361

WELCOME to the Badlands!

BEST Places to PicnicContaining the world�s richest Oligocene epoch fossil beds, dating 37-28 million years old, the evolutionary stories of mammals such as the horse and rhinoceros arise from the 244,000 acres of sharply eroded buttes, pinnacles, and spires. Bison, bighorn sheep, endangered black-footed ferrets, and swift fox roam one of the largest, protected mixed-grass prairies in the United States.

The park's main visitor center, the Ben Reifel Visitor Center, is open daily all year, except Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year's Day. During the summer months, ranger-led programs are offered throughout the day. Check at the visitor center for more information on these programs.

The Ben Reifel Visitor Center is located at Cedar Pass on the Badlands Loop Road (Hwy 240), 9 miles South of I-90, exit 131. This recently rehabilitated visitor center contains exhibits featuring geology, paleontology, park wildlife, and resource management. The 20-minute park movie, Land of Stone and Light, is shown throughout the day. Stop at the visitor center for information, restrooms, exhibits, and the park's movie.

In the South Unit, the White River Visitor Center is open during the summer months and offers information, restrooms, and cultural exhibits.

The park is open all year. There are numerous pullouts and viewpoints along the park�s Loop Road where visitors can enjoy the scenery and native plants and wildlife of the mixed-grass prairie ecosystem.

Picnic Areas:

  • Ben Reifel Visitor Center
  • Bigfoot Pass Overlook
  • Conata
  • White River Visitor Center

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