Imagine viewing a land where sharply eroded buttes, pinnacles and spires are blended with the largest, protected mixed grass prairie in the United States. This extraordinary region is the Badlands, located in southwestern South Dakota, just 70 miles east of Rapid City.
This particular area is also home to the Oglala Lacota Sioux. Today the Great Sioux Reservation, Pine Ridge, consists of 3,468.86 sq mi of land area and is the eighth-largest reservation in the United States, larger than Delaware and Rhode Island combined.The Badlands have the most significant mixed-grass prairie, the best known Oligocene fossil resources in the world, and the area is filled with remnants of sea and turtle shells, where paleontologists and many institutions continually study the region
Vist us today to discover something for yourself, while you take in the vast landscape and wildlife opportunites that the Badlands has to offer.
Season Opening: May 22nd to October 15th, 2019
Lobby Hours: 7:00 am to 9:00pm from May 22nd to October 15th, 2019