Badlands National Park is a National Par located on south-west side of South Dakota. The land was named as ‘Mico Sica’ which means ‘land bad’. The Badlands National Park is spread on 244,000 acres of area. The Park holds pinnacles, spire blended and sharply eroded buttes which are protected by United States. Miles of land in the Badland National Park has no sign of civilizations.

The Badland National Park is titled as one of the picturesque place callously ravaged by water and wind. The land is known as a wonderland of colourful spires, pinnacles, deep gorges, and massive buttes and bizarre. Erosion of land has resulted into different shades of a sedimentary layer of yellow, purple, grey, tan, orange-red and white with volcanic ashes. The National Park is also known as world’s greatest fossil beds of animals dating from Oligocene Epoch the Age of Mammals. One can trace fossil of three-toed horses, ancient camels, sabre-toothed cats, giant rhinos and other fossilized species. All rocks, fossils, plants and animals from the par area are protected and must reside at the place from where they are found. Prehistoric bones are still discovered by officials of the park.

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The Badland Park has huge biological diversity. It is home to mixed grass prairie and surrounded by Buffalo Gap National Grassland. A Number of wildlife species are found in the National Park. Pronghorn, Mule, Bison, Whitetail deer, Coyotes, turtles, butterflies, prairie dogs, eagles, vultures, hawks, bluebirds and other wild-animals are found in large numbers. The Black-footed ferrets nearly extinct species were re-introduced in the year 1994. While, nocturnal animals are rarely sighted by visitors.

More About the Park

The Badland National Park offers several other activities for visitors, such as:

  • Hike trail
  • Wildlife Watch
  • Photography
  • Bike tour
  • Horseback riding
  • Exploring South Unit
  • Ranger Program
  • Hunt for Fossils

Best time to Visit

The Badland National Park is open 24-hours year round. There is a small amount of Entrance fee, visitor need to check with the timing before visiting. The park has the Mountain Time zone.

If you are visiting between:

  • Spring Period: 8:00 AM to 5:00PM (April to May)
  • Summer Period: 8:00 AM- 7:00PM
  • Fall period: 8:00Am to 5:00PM (September to late October)
  • Winter period: 8:00 AM to 4:00PM
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The Badland National Park provide with several facilities few are:

  • Ben reifel Visitor Centre

It has an indoor theatre with interactive orientation film and bookstore. The Visitor centre offers daily ranger programs which are available from June to August.

  • White River Visitor Centre

It is operated by staff as a recreational activity.

If you are planning to visit this place in the coming year, then here are few things to do:

  • Badland Palaeontology

The shallow sea was covered by the Great Plains about 75-million years ago or so.

  • Sky-viewing

Witnessing the sparkling stars is unique and memorable experience

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  • Bicycling the Badlands

Cycle ride on the clear road of Badlands National Park

  • Loop State Scenic Byway

Drive through one of the most scenic two-lane highway.

  • Photography

A dream of each Photographer to capture great play of colours, light and shadow with a touch of nature’s boon.

  • Ranger Program

There are Ranger Programs held for youths and kids who enjoy exploring with adventure, nature and dig on history.

  • Backcountry Camping

Venture into wildness and explore new things! Backcountry camping is a great deal to go for and get close to dynamic nature.