Badlands National Park

Badlands National Park consists of nearly 243,000 acres of sharply eroded buttes, pinnacles and spires blended with the largest, protected mixed grass prairie in the United States. Established as Badlands National Monument in 1939, the area was redesignated as a "National Park" in 1978. Over 11,000 years of human history pale to the ages old Paleontological resources. Badlands National Park contains the world's richest Oligocene epoch fossil beds, dating 23 to 35 million years old.



Fossils are being poached from Badlands National Park. These paleontological resources are nonrenewable and their loss inhibits further understanding of the ancient environment.








July 8, 2015

Thinking of driving through this summer. Do you recommend driving through Route 240 or 44?


June 4, 2015

We were there a few years back. It was a truly amazing place. The beauty and the vastness of it makes you feel like you are being drawn in. I hope to go back to spend more time there someday. Well worth the drive from KY.

Crazy Lady

May 18, 2015

This park is amazing! The sunsets here are the most beautiful I have ever seen. It was just SO beautiful and wondrous!


April 14, 2015

I'm really impressed! i knew that it is really nice, but by reading people's comments here i just realized it's extraordinary and fascinating! i"ll go to the Badlands as soon as possible. yeaaah :)


February 23, 2015

I've been there before, and loved it. The sun setting against the rocks was the most breathtaking thing I've ever seen


August 23, 2014

We drove thru the Badlands this summer. Simply amazing! Not a place to be missed.

just me

October 25, 2013

went to the Badlands in June of 2012 it is hard to impress a teenager but my grand children were amazed how great it was wonderful Gods handie work


October 16, 2013

When I took the kids to see the Badlands they were speechless in amazement. It is a proud moment to watch your children appreciate the awe and beauty of our national parks. Every year I make an effort to see a new national park. I'll never forget the look on their faces... priceless.


October 11, 2013

Roadways and parking pull-offs were blocked - supposedly because of the government shutdown. Of coarse the government was not completely shutdown. We taxpayers are paying to have Rangers driving up and down the roads chasing people away who simply want to take photos For some visitors like myself (a retired Park Ranger), this was a once in a lifetime trip. Add to this the wasted vacation days for my wife, airfare, hotel bills, food, car rental. Multply these costs by how many domestic and foreign visitors... Is there anything about this that makes sense?


July 19, 2013

drove from Washington State to Virginia with my son. I have never seen anything in my life time that impressed me more than the Badlands. It is a wonderful place and I hope someday to return there.


July 14, 2013

im a local here to the badlands i just wanna say i love all the visitors we have thank you all for comming and in joying the lands and please come back soon will never for get you all...wopela tunka


January 7, 2013

Beutiful place! can be pretty windy, though. not to mention BEWARE RATTLESNAKES!!!!!!


December 9, 2012

We just spent a few hours exploring the park in the early evening. It was so beautiful and I will remember it forever! We drove thru the loop to Wall, SD. We were on our way to Pine Ridge for a Mission Trip. The people there I love. I will continue with my prayers and mission trips... from one people to another- Ojibwe to the (Oglala) Sioux. Many years ago we were enemies and now I am proud to say that we are friends- families! Thank you to the Sioux for sharing their beautiful lands with the rest of us!


October 16, 2012

I Live by the bad lands its amazing


August 7, 2012

Dream came true to visit the Badlands. So mysterious and gorgeous..........Would love my ashes scattered there when I pass....


July 29, 2012

Me and my husband was there long time ago, and I wish we could go back... IT WAS SO AMAZING. I just wonder how mother nature can be as beautiful as THE BADLANDS.


June 1, 2012

Was in Badlands in mid-1990's. BEAUTIFUL landscape! Hike through a dried creekbed and see some unusual birds nests and cool rock formations. Near lodge is rare swampland in otherwise arid land. Bicycle ride the main road. NICE campground. If you hike farther away from Lodge area bring water. However you may get lucky and find tyrannosarus bones like a couple did around the time i was there. Driving west of lodge you may encounter archaeological digs. Ask about it at the lodge or ranger station. That drive west through the park to Wall, S.D. is superb! Many beautiful high overlooks.


May 31, 2012

Just returned from a road trip from Georgia to SD. The badlands were a sight for sore eye. It was beautiful. Neer in my life have I witness something so extraordinary. Everyone should see this.


May 17, 2012

the badlands are awesome but the state its in is better


April 1, 2012

i just got home from the badlands i south dakota it was awesome

waz up

March 7, 2012

wow that sounds like a fun place


December 27, 2011

wow why dont people look for the fossills?hmmmmmbut still really cool


November 10, 2011

I was fortunate that my folks took my siblings, and my inquistive nature, on a cross-country tour in 1973 in our Nomad. I'll never forget the Badlands. Sandcastles made of rainbow colors, and a canyon of expanse. The kind of scene where a deep breath of wonder lasts you a whole lifetime.


November 10, 2011

I love this place. I have visited maybe a dozen times, and try to get out there every year, from my home in Wisconsin. My first visit was by accident, while on the way to Yellowstone. I ended up spending three days. My second visit, I had planned to stay a day or two and ended up staying a week. The place just hooks you.


November 10, 2011

We spent 3 days in the Badlands, it was our first time there and was amazed at the beauty & serenity that surrounds you. We'd stop and sit or take a walk, taking in the moment of Mother nature at her best...definately a trip worth taking.

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