Badlands National Park Sights

For the average visitor, a casual drive is the essential means by which to see Badlands National Park. To do the scenery justice, drive slowly, and don't hesitate to get out and explore on foot when the occasion calls for it.

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Affordable Adventures Badlands Tour

  • Tour–Sight

Take a seven-hour narrated tour through the park and surrounding badlands. Tours can easily be customized and are available year-round.

Ancient Hunters Overlook

  • Viewpoint/Scenic Overlook

Perched above a dense fossil bed, this overhang, adjacent to the Pinnacles overlook, is where prehistoric bison hunters drove herds of...

Badlands Loop Road

  • Scenic Drive/Tour

The simplest drive is on two-lane Badlands Loop Road. The drive circles from exit 110 off Interstate 90 through the park and back to...

Badlands Natural History Association Bookstore

  • Museum/Gallery

The Badlands Natural History Association Bookstore sells a full line of printed materials related to the region, from books on geology...

Badlands Wilderness Area

  • Nature Preserve/Wildlife Refuge

Covering about a quarter of the park, this 100-square-mile area is part of the country's largest prairie wilderness. About two-thirds...

Ben Reifel Visitor Center

  • Information Center

Open year-round, this is the park's main information hub. Stop here to pick up brochures and maps. A 22-minute video about geology and...

Big Badlands Overlook

  • Viewpoint/Scenic Overlook

From this spot just south of the park's northeast entrance, the vast majority of the park's 1 million annual visitors get their first...

Big Foot Pass Overlook

  • Viewpoint/Scenic Overlook

See where Sioux chief Big Foot and his band traveled through the badlands on their way to the battle at Wounded Knee, December 29, 1890.

Big Pig Dig

  • Archaeological Site/Ruins

Until 2008, paleontologists dug for fossils at this site named for a large fossil originally thought to be of a prehistoric pig (it actually...

Bigfoot Pass Overlook

  • Restaurant–Sight

There is only a handful of tables here and no water, but the incredible view makes it a lovely spot to have lunch. Restrooms are available.