Southwestern South Dakota is where travelers will find Badlands National Park, with its rich ecological and biological history, gorgeous wilderness, and delicately balanced animal life. The visually stunning geologic deposits are rich with fossils from bygone eras, and in the surrounding mixed-grass prairies, bighorn sheep, ferrets, prairie dogs, and majestic bison wander and graze. 64,000 acres of the park is protected wilderness land, and the Oglala Lakota tribe co-manages the Stronghold Unit of the park.
Prairie hiking is a popular pastime across the Badlands. Two designated campgrounds, Cedar Pass Campground and Sage Creek Primitive Campground, offer places for overnighting (with a fourteen-day limit). Cedar Pass Lodge is the sole hotel and restaurant inside the park boundaries.
Private, non-commercial vehicles are admitted at $15, good for seven days. Individuals, whether on foot or bicycle, are admitted for $7, good for seven days. Motorcyclists are admitted for $10, good for seven days. The Badlands National Park Annual Pass is $30, and is good for one year.
Best time to visit
The park is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Near by POI
Black Hills National Forest is a 1.25 million-acre area managed by the National Forest Service. The Minuteman Missile National Historic Site serves as a monument to the history and legacy of the Cold War and the weapons races that accompanied it.