Badlands National Park

Superintendent Name: 
Dr. Paige Baker
Welcome to Badlands National Park, where the ancient Spirits of the land can still be heard. Since time immemorial, the area that now encompasses Badlands National Park was home to the indigenous residents, the great Sioux Nation. The park contains the world's richest Oligocene epoch fossil beds, dating 37-28 million years old. The evolutionary stories of mammals such as the horse and rhinoceros arise from the 244,000 acres of magnificent buttes, pinnacles, and spires. One of the largest, protected mixed-grass prairies in the U.S., the park is home to bison, bighorn sheep, endangered black-footed ferrets, and swift foxes.
Park Acreage: 
242756
Highest Point: 
Red Shirt Table
Highest Point Elevation: 
3345 feet
Visitor Count: 
840118
Visitor Count Year Recorded: 
2006
Has Volunteer Program: 
Yes
Has Recycling: 
Yes
Has Shuttle System: 
No
Park Sights: 
Badlands Loop Road; Sage Creek Basin; Roberts Prairie Dog Town
Endangered Species: 
Black-footed Ferret
Entrance Fees: 
Vehicle Pass (valid for 7 days): $10; Individual Pass (valid for 7 days): $7; Motorcycle Pass (valid for 7 days): $10; Badlands National Park Annual Pass (valid for one year after date of purchase): $30
Nearest Major City: 
Rapid City, SD
Gateway Communities: 
Interior, SD; Kadoka, SD; Wall, SD; Scenic, SD; Quinn, SD
Nearby Airports: 
Rapid City, SC (RAP)