Badlands National Park

Not so Bad After All…

When you first hear the name Badlands, you might be tempted to think of a dangerous or even murky piece of land. But you can let out a sigh of relief: the name actually derives from the fact that the land that makes up the Badlands National Park is not an agriculturally productive area. Hence the name “bad land”.

But that doesn’t mean the park is boring. At over 950 km², Badlands National Park is massive in size and despite its rather barren landscape, is home to around 50 different species of mammals and over 200 species of birds.

The park is a treasure trove of fossils. Not only fossils of animals such as rhinos or prehistoric horses have been found here, but also of human civilizations more than 10,000 years old.

25216 SD-240, Interior, SD 57750

Opening hours

Badlands National Park is open 24/7.
Some roads can be closed due to extreme weather in the winter season.

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