Badlands National Park
Badlands National Park

This striking South Dakota 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.

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Badlands Loop Road Scenic Byway South Dakota
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Drive through the Badlands

Pile in for an unforgettable scenic drive through Badlands National Park. Be prepared to break for multiple vacation photos along the Badlands Loop Road. 

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Fossil Exhibit Trail

Walk the boardwalk path as you go back in time. View fossil replicas of extinct species that once inhabited the Badlands.

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BEN REIFEL Visitor Center

Learn about the park, sign up for a Ranger-led or other special park program or shop for a beautiful souvenir at the gift shop. 

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Nighttime Star Gazing

Let the stars be the only light you see.

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Hike the Badlands

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

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Minuteman Missile National Historic Site

Visit this nearby top-secret and restricted site that was key to maintaining world peace during the Cold War-era even though it held the power of nuclear armageddon. 

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Plan Your Visit

Step boldly into this surreal landscape.

Badlands Map location

25216 Ben Reifel Road
Interior, SD 57750
United States

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Custer State Park

Few truly wild places remain in this country. Custer State Park is one of them. Nearly 1,300 bison wander the park’s 71,000 acres, which they share with pronghorn antelope, elk, mountain goats and a band of burros.

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Mount Rushmore National Memorial

America's Shrine of Democracy, Mount Rushmore National Memorial features the 60-foot faces of four great American presidents who represent the birth, growth, development and preservation of this country. Open year-round, and near hotels, the park includes a half-mile walking trail, museum, gift shop and dining room.

Mount Rushmore
Mount Rushmore
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Jewel Cave National Monument

The third-longest cave in the world features a variety of cave tours below the surface and a 1,279-acre park with nature trails above ground.

Jewel Cave Interior
Jewel Cave
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Historic Deadwood

Walk in the footsteps of historic Old West legends like Wild Bill Hickok, Calamity Jane and Seth Bullock. This 1870s gold rush town became a National Historic Landmark in 1961. Today, it teems with Black Hills entertainment and things to do including concerts, casinos, museums, historic sites, spas and parades.

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Missouri River

History and adventure abound along and on the waters of the Mighty Mo’. Free-flowing sections and four reservoirs – Lake Oahe, Lake Sharpe, Lake Francis Case and Lewis & Clark Lake – are prime for fishing, boating and water recreation.

Missouri River Fishing
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Badlands National Park

This striking South Dakota 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.

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Wind Cave National Park

The first cave to be designated a national park, Wind Cave National Park features the world's largest concentration of rare boxwork formations along with 33,851 acres of forest and prairie on the surface creating a sanctuary for wildlife.

Wind Cave
Wind Cave
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Crazy Horse Memorial

Korczak Ziolkowski began work on Crazy Horse Memorial in 1948. Once complete, this tribute to the Lakota leader will be the largest mountain carving in South Dakota, and the world. The on-site Indian Museum of North America and the Native American Educational & Cultural Center also provide educational and cultural programming.

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Custer State Park
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Mount Rushmore
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Jewel Cave
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Deadwood
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Pierre Missouri River
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Wind Cave
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Crazy Horse
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