This striking landscape boasts a maze of buttes, canyons, pinnacles and spires. Skeletons of three-toed horses and saber-toothed cats are among the many fossilized species found here. Wildlife abounds in the park’s 244,000 acres and can often be seen while hiking, camping and traveling the Badlands Loop Scenic Byway.


25216 Ben Reifel Road
Interior, SD 57750
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(605) 433-5361

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An ancient sea floor rises and swallows the rolling plains. Colorful, dramatic and surreal, the sculptured pinnacles and painted gullies preserve the past in layers of colorful sediment.

Drive The Badlands Loop

Pile in for an unforgettable scenic drive. Be prepared to break for multiple photo ops.


Explore trails that are millions of years in the making. Get up close to the painted landscape on hikes ranging from flat stretches across prairie to uphill climbs through the Badlands formations.

While You're Here

While You're Here

A Rugged Divide

The Wall formation stretches 60 miles, revealing sedimentary rock layers exposed by eons of erosion. A number of overlooks show off panoramic vistas and the surrounding grassland.

Spy Pronghorn Antelope, Bighorn Sheep and Buffalo

Take the Sage Creek Rim Road into vast grasslands to watch many kinds of prairie animals in their natural habitat.

Take The Next Exit

Sip on free ice water at the world-famous Wall Drug Store in nearby Wall. Explore the endless offerings of this sprawling roadside attraction.

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