Badlands National Park Locator Map

Fast Facts

Total Area
244,300 acres
Annual Visitation
883,406 in 2012 (view all years)
Creation Date
November 10, 1978
Entrance Fee
$15 per vehicle per week
Time Zone
Lowest Elevation
2,365 feet near Visitor Center
Highest Elevation
3,340 feet at Red Shirt Table
Lowest Average Temp
7F in January
Record Low Temp
-45F in 1989
Highest Average Temp
88F in July
Record High Temp
114F in 1980
Our Last Visit
July 2010

Park Contact Information

Badlands National Park
25216 Ben Reifel Road, Interior, SD 57750
Info at (605) 433-5361
Fax to (605) 433-5404

Park Creation Timeline

On March 4, 1929, the park is authorized, but nothing else happens.
On January 25, 1939, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signs the proclamation actually creating Badlands National Monument.
On November 10, 1978, Congress passes the legislation necessary to redesignate the monument Badlands National Park.

Animals and Plants

The most often seen large mammals are mule deer and pronghorn. Bighorn sheep, bison, and coyotes are also present. Smaller mammals are numerous, with the amusing prairie dogs being the most well-known. The black-footed ferret, the most endangered land mammal in North America, has recently been re-introduced to the park.
Snakes are numerous in the park, including the prairie rattlesnake. Warning signs at trailheads are numerous for them, though we have never seen one.
215 species of birds have been identified in the park, including golden and bald eagles, peregrine falcons, and several species of hawks.
The park is dominated by grasslands. 56 species of grasses occur within the park. Hundreds of species of wildflowers are present as well. There are very few trees.

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