Badlands National Park

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  • Address: Badlands National Park, 25216 Ben Reifel Road, Interior, SD 57750, Custer, United States
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  • Timings: 24-hrs Details
  • Phone: +1-6054335361
  • Ticket Price: 15 USD
  • Time Required: 05:00 Hrs
  • Tags: National Park, Camp, Wildlife Safari, Scenic Drive, Family And Kids

The Badlands road is a scenic drive of around 30 miles. The loop road runs on South Dakota Highway 240 that passes through the main section of the park. Picturesque views along the way offer you ample opportunities to click some great pictures. Badlands National Park is also one of the biggest conserved mixed-grass prairies in the whole of the United States. Here you will come across a perfect mix of long grass and short grass that helps sustain the extensive wildlife that is housed inside the park. Deer, Prairie dogs and Antelopes are the most commonly seen animals, but Bighorn Sheep and the Black Footed Ferret also live inside the Park. .

Hiking, wilderness camping and backpacking are also popular activities that you are advised to undertake in the Badlands. There are miles of designated hiking and trails that are classified from moderate to difficult. Eroding landscapes are constantly changing in nature and therefore create unstable footing at a time so visitors are strongly advised to only hike with strong and sturdy shoes. Camping and Backpacking hunting is only allowed if you acquire the required permits and is not just for a casual visit.

Badlands National Park Travel Tips

  • The Badlands Annual Pass admits the purchaser and their passengers in a single, private, non-commercial vehicle or the pass holder and their companions when entry is by other means (i.e. foot, bicycle). It is non transferable, nonrefundable, and does not cover camping fees.
  • America the beautiful park nontransferable annual pass covers the entrance or standard amenity fees at sites managed by the National Park Service, U.S. Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management, Bureau of Reclamation, and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. It does not cover camping fees, parking fees, user fees (i.e. cave tours), concession activities, or cooperating association bookstore charges.
  • Avoid the Threat of Heat-related Ailments.
  • Select Closed-toed Shoes or Boots.
  • Respect Wildlife.
  • Keep Your Eye on the Weather.
  • Lost - Don't Rely on Your Cell Phone.
  • Traveling is Different on Gravel.
  • Pets, such as dogs and cats, can carry disease into the park’s wildlife populations. In turn, infectious diseases in wildlife can be transmitted to visiting animals.
  • Pets can chase and threaten wildlife, scaring birds and other animals away from nesting, feeding, and resting sites. The scent left behind by an animal can signal the presence of a predator, disrupting or altering the behavior of park wildlife.
  • Pets may be injured by park wildlife, such as rattlesnakes and porcupines, or may become prey for predators, such as coyotes.
  • During the summer season, hiking trails and popular visitor areas can become congested. Many dogs and strangers do not mix well, presenting a danger to other visitors. Many people, especially small children are frightened by dogs, even small ones.
  • Dogs bark and disturb the quiet of the Badlands. Unfamiliar sights, sounds, and smells can disturb even the calmest, friendliest, and best-trained dog, causing them to behave unpredictably or bark excessively.

Entrance Ticket Details For Badlands National Park

  • Private: Non-Commercial Vehicle; $15 - Valid for 7 days
  • Individual - hike, bicycle; $7 - Valid for 7 days
  • Motorcycle; $10 - Valid for 7 days
  • Badlands National Park Annual Pass; $30 - Valid for one year from month of purchase
  • Organized, non-commercial groups (i.e. service organizations, scouts, church groups, and college/school clubs); $7 per person - Valid for 7 days

Commercial Tour Fees

  • Commercial sedan, 1 to 6 passenger capacity; $25 plus $7 per person - 7 days for Original Manifest
  • Commercial van, 7 to 15 passenger capacity; $50 - 7 days for Original Manifest
  • Minibus, 16 to 25 passenger capacity; $60 - 7 days for Original Manifest
  • Motorcoach, 26 or more passenger capacity; $150 - 7 days for Original Manifest

The following passes are also available at Badlands National Park:

  • America the Beautiful - National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Pass - Annual Pass $80 - Valid for one year from month of purchase
  • America the Beautiful - National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Pass - Senior Pass-$10 - Valid for holder's lifetime
  • America the Beautiful - National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Pass - Access Pass- Free - Valid for holder's lifetime
  • Entrance fee waivers are available to academic institutions when the main purpose of their visit is educational rather than recreational.
  • Please check the website for additional details and prices.

Badlands National Park Hours

  • Badlands National Park is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Entrance fees are collected year round. The park is in the Mountain Time Zone.

Ben Reifel Visitor Center

Hours of Operation - Mountain Time Zone

  • 8:00 am - 4:00 pm (Winter Hours)
  • 8:00 am - 5:00 pm (mid-April to mid-May)
  • 8:00 am - 7:00 pm (Summer Hours)
  • 8:00 am - 5:00 pm (early September to late October)
  • CLOSED on Thanksgiving, Christmas Day, and New Year's Day.

Special Programs

  • Ranger programs, such as guided hikes, talks, activities, and evening programs, are offered during the summer season.
  • Check the website for additional timings and contact the authorities if in any doubt.

How to Reach Badlands National Park

  • 120 miles drive from Custer.

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  • Badlands National Park Address: Badlands National Park, 25216 Ben Reifel Road, Interior, SD 57750, Custer, United States
  • Badlands National Park Contact Number: +1-6054335361
  • Badlands National Park Timing: 24-hrs
  • Badlands National Park Price: 15 USD
  • Best time to visit Badlands National Park(preferred time): 08:00 am - 05:00 pm
  • Time required to visit Badlands National Park: 05:00 Hrs
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  • 79.92% of people who visit Custer include Badlands National Park in their plan

  • 33.33% of people start their Badlands National Park visit around 12 PM - 1 PM

  • People usually take around 5 Hrs to see Badlands National Park

Friday, Saturday and Sunday

95% of people prefer to travel by car while visiting Badlands National Park

People normally club together Wind Cave National Park Visitor Center and Ben Reifel Visitor Center while planning their visit to Badlands National Park.

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