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Getting to Badlands National Park

Driving to Badlands

I-90 provides easy access to the Badlands Loop Road, the main road through the park. From the east, take exit 131 and follow the signs three miles south to the Northeast Entrance. From the west, take exit 110 for the town of Wall. Again, follow the signs seven miles south to the Pinnacles Entrance.

Below you will find an interactive map showing the location of the Ben Reifel Visitor Center in Badlands. Following this are the official park maps provided by the National Park Service. You can view either the original PDF file or a simple JPEG image file (some of these files can be quite large). The map links will open in a new tab. Note that while these maps are useful for general navigation around the park, if you plan to do any hiking, you should really have a proper Badlands Trail Map.

Flying to Badlands

Badlands National Park is nowhere near an airport of any size. Rapid City is about 60 miles away, and the only choice within several hours. Bismarck, while being 300 miles away, is a practical choice if you also plan to visit Theodore Roosevelt National Park in North Dakota. Both of these are small regional airports. This area of the United States is sparsely populated and served by very few commercial flights.

Below you will find listings of the two airports mentioned above. For each airport we give useful links for further information on the airport, as well as flight and rental car bookings. These links already have the destination airport selected for your convenience. For price searches, simply enter your origin and dates.

Rapid City Regional Airport (RAP)

  • Located in Rapid City, South Dakota, 61 miles by car to Badlands
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Bismarck Municipal Airport (BIS)

  • Located in Bismarck, North Dakota, 299 miles by car to Badlands
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