Badlands National Park Interior Reviews
Badlands National Park - South Dakota USA Jul 31, 2010
This enormous national park stretches well past 200,000 acres offering a unique scenery of geological deposits. Photographs do not begin to bring justice to the view and scale of the surrounding rugged area. The scenery appears almost unrealistic and something out of a science fiction film.
Hours of Operation
8 a.m. - 4 p.m. (Winter Hours)
8 a.m. - 5 p.m. (mid-April to mid-May)
7 a.m. - 7 p.m. (Summer Hours)
8 a.m. - 5 p.m. (early-September to late-October)
CLOSED on Thanksgiving, Christmas Day, and New Year's Day
Private, non-commercial vehicle
$15 - Valid for 7 days
Individual - hike, bicycle
$7 - Valid for 7 days
$10 - Valid for 7 days
Badlands National Park Annual Pass
$30 - Valid for one year from month of purchase
Admits the purchaser and their passengers in a single, private, non-commercial vehicle or the passholder and their companions when entry is by other means (i.e. foot, bicycle). Nontransferable, nonrefundable, and does not cover camping fees.
Organized, non-commercial groups (i.e. service organizations, scouts, church groups, and college/school clubs)
$7 per person - Valid for 7 days
COMMERCIAL TOUR FEES
Commercial sedan, 1 to 6 passenger capacity
$25 plus $7 per person - 7 days for Original Manifest
Commercial van, 7 to 15 passenger capacity
$50 - 7 days for Original Manifest
Minibus, 16 to 25 passenger capacity
$60 - 7 days for Original Manifest
Motorcoach, 26 or more passenger capacity
$150 - 7 days for Original Manifest
INTERAGENCY PASS PROGRAM
The following passes are available at Badlands National Park:
America the Beautiful - National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Pass - Annual Pass
$80 - Valid for one year from month of purchase
This nontransferable annual pass covers the entrance or standard amenity fees at sites managed by the National Park Service, U.S. Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management, Bureau of Reclamation, and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. It does not cover camping fees, parking fees, user fees (i.e. cave tours), concession activities, or cooperating association bookstore charges.
America the Beautiful - National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Pass - Senior Pass
$10 - Valid for holder's lifetime
One time charge for citizens or permanent residents of the United States who are 62 years or older. This nontransferable pass allows lifetime entrance to all National Park Service, U.S. Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management, Bureau of Reclamation, and U.S. Fish and Wildlife areas. It also entitles the bearer to a 50% discount on camping fees in many federal campgrounds. It cannot be used at concession facilities or cooperating association bookstores. Identification must be provided at the time of purchase.
America the Beautiful - National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Pass - Access Pass
Free - Valid for holder's lifetime
This nontransferable pass allows lifetime entrance to all National Park Service, U.S. Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management, Bureau of Reclamation, and U.S. Fish and Wildlife areas to United States citizens or permanent residents who are blind or permanently disabled. It also entitles the bearer to a 50% discount on camping fees in many federal campgrounds. It cannot be used at concession facilities or cooperating association bookstores.
EDUCATIONAL FEE WAIVERS
Entrance fee waivers are available to academic institutions when the main purpose of their visit is educational rather than recreational. Complete and submit an Application for Waiver of Fees (96 KB PDF), if your group meets the eligibility criteria. For further information on fee waivers or eligibility criteria, contact the Revenue and Fee Business Program Manager.
2011 FEE-FREE DATES
The National Park Service will waive entrance fees on 17 selected dates throughout 2011. All Americans are encouraged to visit a national park in 2011. During the entrance fee free time, other fees (such as camping) are still in effect.
Martin Luther King Jr. Day weekend -- Jan. 15 to Jan. 17
National Park Week -- April 16 to April 24
First day of summer -- June 21
National Public Lands Day -- Sept. 24
Veterans Day weekend -- Nov. 11 to Nov. 13
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Nothing Bad about the Badlands Jun 17, 2009
The fee for a non commercial car load to enter the the South Dakota Badlands National Park is $15 and the pass is good for an entire week!
Different fees do apply to different vehicles. check the below site for the fees. The National Park Pass is also good here.
The park is amazing!! Fantastic views! Plenty of look outs along the 240 scenic loop for people to stop and enjoy the various views of the landscape as well as learn about the history of the region. The look outs are Handicap accessible. I think one or two of the family trails are handicap accessible too.
The park is very family oriented, but also perfect for individual hikers and campers. Several trails exist and range from easy to strenuous.
I suggest taking your time and enjoying all the nooks and small details of the Badlands!
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Sacred area of moon-like landscape, rich fossil bed and unique wildlife Jun 15, 2009
Beautiful area! The landscape is mesmerizing. Great for hiking and camping. The Badlands have a unique and sacred history too, and are even a fossil bed!