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Badlands National Park Travel Guide

Badlands National Park Sports & Activities

Pure, unspoiled, empty space is the greatest asset of Badlands National Park, and it can only be experienced to its highest degree if you're on foot. Spring and autumn are the best times of the year to do wilderness exploring, because the brutal extremes of summer and winter can—and do—kill. In fact, the two biggest enemies to hikers and bicyclists in the badlands are heat and lightning. Before you venture out, make sure you have at least one gallon of water per person per day, and be prepared to take shelter from freak thunderstorms, which often strike in the late afternoon with little warning.

Horseback Riding

The park has one of the largest and most beautiful territories in the state in which to ride a horse. Riding is allowed in most of the park...


Especially around sunset, get set to watch the badlands come to life. More than 215 bird species have been recorded in the area, including herons...


The isolation and otherworldliness of the badlands are best appreciated with a walk through them. Take time to examine the dusty rock beneath...

Air Tours

Black Hills Balloons. Based in Custer, Black Hills Balloons provides amazing bird's-eye views of some of the Black Hills' most picturesque...


Bicycles are permitted only on designated roads, which may be paved or unpaved. They are prohibited from closed roads, trails, and the backcountry...



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