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badlands National Park

 Badlands National Park, South Dakota, United States, The Facts

Address
Operating Hours
Climate
Activities
Hiking
Equestrian
Improved Campsites
Improved Shelters, Cabins
Transportation
Accommodations
Related Web Sites

Phone
Fees & Permits
What To See
Children's Activities
Mountain Biking
Paddling
 Rock Climbing
Backcountry Primitive Camping
Lodges or Motel Type Facilities
Major Airline Access
Food, Fuel & Shopping

 

Address:  top
Badlands National Park
PO BOX 6
Interior, South Dakota  57750-0006

Phone:  top
(605)-433-5361

Operating Hours:  top
Ben Reifel Visitor Center - April 11 - June 12, 1999:  8:00 AM to 5:00 PM, June 13 - August 28, 7:00 AM to 8:00 PM, August 29 -September 11, 8:00 AM to 6:00 PM, September 12 - October 23, 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM, October 24 through, 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM
White River Visitors Center - June 12 - August 25, 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM

Park is open year round, 24 hours a day

Fees & Permits:  top
$10 vehicle access fee, $5 motorcycle, bicycle, pedestrian, annual Golden Eagle Pass, $50 and good at all National Park facilities for one year from date of issue.  Overnight camping permit is $10 at Cedar Pass Campground per night, $1 for dump station use, Sage Creek Campground is free with backcountry registration.  Commercial photography photos permit required.

Climate:  top
Spring:  Comfortable, and wet.  Temperatures ranging from the 30'ies to the 80'ies by June
Summer:  Warm with frequent afternoon showers and thunderstorms.  Temperatures in the 70'ies to 100.
Fall:  Cold and dry.  Temperature ranging from the 70'ies in September falling to the single digits in December
Winter:  Cold and dry with 12 to 24 inches of snow annually.  Temperatures can fall as low as -30 F. and the area can experience severe snowstorms and ground blizzards.  There is an almost constant 20 to 30 MPH northwest wind at this time of the year

What To See:  top
Ben Reifel Visitors Center, 20 minute movie, 19 mile Park Loop Scenic Drive, 1/4 mile Fossil Trail and exhibit, Roberts Prairie Dog Town, Wild Bison Herd

Activities:  top
A variety of ranger led activities are available during the summer months.  You should call ahead for more information and a current schedule of events.

Children's Activities:  top
Badlands National Park has a Junior Rangers Program for children ages 4 to 14.  Teaches children about the park, nature and the environment.  Enrollment is free and children completing this self study program earn a certificate and a patch.  Some parks charge a nominal fee for the patch to offset the costs.  You can contact the park directly for more information on this educational and fun program.

Hiking:  top

  • Fossil Exhibit Trail, 1/4 mile boardwalk, easy

  • Cliff Shelf Nature Trail, 1/2 miles, easy-moderate

  • Door Trail, 2/3 of a mile, easy-moderate

  • Window Trail, 100 yards, easy

  • Notch Ridge Trail, 1.2 miles, moderate-difficult, do not take if you have a fear of heights

  • Castle Trail, 5.0 miles, easy-moderate

  • Medicine Root Trail, 2.6 miles (maps are wrong), easy-moderate

  • Saddle Pass Trail, 3/10 mile, difficult

Mountain Biking:  top

  • Variety of dirt roads available in the park, check with the ranger station

Equestrian:  top

  • Prohibited

Paddling:  top

  • None

Rock Climbing:  top

  • The delicate buttes of Badlands National Park are not suitable for rock climbing or scrambling.

Improved Camp Sites:  top

  • Cedar Pass Campground, 96, 4 group campsites, first come first serve basis.  No hookups or showers.  Dump station is available for $1.  Bathrooms with handicapped access and potable water, no open fires

Backcountry Primitive Camping:  top

  • Sage Creek Campground, backcountry permit required, RV's are not recommended, no open fires, no water, free, pit toilets

Improved Shelters, Cabins:  top

  • Cedar Pass Lodge, air conditioned cabins from April to October
    PO BOX 5
    Interior, South Dakota  57750
    (605) 433-5460 for reservations

Lodges or Motel Type Facilities:  top

  • Cedar Pass Lodge, no motel facilities, restaurant from April to October

Transportation:  top
Private vehicle and commercial tours only -- no public transportation, dirt and gravel roads may be impassable after rain, Stronghold Unit and Palmer Unit require four-wheel drive for access, recreational vehicles should not take the Sage Creek Road

Major Airline Access:  top

  • Rapid City, South Dakota, 50 miles east

  • Sioux Falls, SD, 270 miles east

Accommodations:  top

  • Interior, South Dakota, 1 mile, Interstate 90

  • Wall, South Dakota, 5 miles, Interstate 90

  • Kadoka, South Dakota, 7 miles, Interstate 90

Food, Fuel, Shopping:  top

  • Interior, South Dakota, limited food, fuel and lodging 

  • Wall, South Dakota, many food, fuel, shopping and lodging options, home of Wall Drug

  • Kadoka, South Dakota, limited food, fuel and lodging

Related Websites:  top

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