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COVID-19 STATUS: KNOW BEFORE YOU GO

PARK FULLY OPEN

Face Masks or Coverings Required in Certain Areas Social Distancing Required
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COVID-19 STATUS: KNOW BEFORE YOU GO

PARK FULLY OPEN

If you believe this information is incorrect or needs updating, please let us know here.
So what does "Park Fully Open" mean?

According to the U.S. National Park Service, Badlands National Park is currently fully open. This means all operations are back to normal. This can mean there are still restrictions on social distancing, travel and/or masks. Visit the source link below for more detailed information regarding this park's status.

What we know:

The below source link has more information about the status of the park. The National Park Service requires everyone at this park, regardless of vaccination status, to continue to wear masks indoors and in crowded outdoor spaces, such as narrow/busy trails, overlooks, visitor center patios, & other congested areas.

Face Masks or Coverings Required in Certain Areas

Badlands National Park is currently requiring masks or face coverings in certain or all areas. Depending on your vaccination status, if you are not fully vaccinated (meaning two weeks after your final vaccination), and according to CDC guidelines, which currently depends on the COVID-19 transmissibility rate in the community in and around the park. Most parks requiring masks indoors have put an alert out (found below in the Alerts section). Please refer to the U.S. National Park Service, the state of South Dakota and the local community for more detailed information.

Social Distancing Required

Badlands National Park is currently requiring everyone to social distance, 6 feet or more, from others. This usually means outside of your immediate group. Some parks may also have size restrictions on gatherings to help assist in social distancing. Please refer to the U.S. National Park Service, the state of South Dakota and the local community for more detailed information.

Last Updated: September 1, 2021
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Badlands National Park Overview

The rugged beauty of the Badlands draws visitors from around the world. These striking geologic deposits contain one of the world’s richest fossil beds. Ancient horses and rhinos once roamed here. The park’s 244,000 acres protect an expanse of mixed-grass prairie where bison, bighorn sheep, prairie dogs, and black-footed ferrets live today.

Entrance Fees

4th Grade Pass - $0
Provides the same benefits as the American the Beautiful pass, but issued to 4th Graders as part of the Every Kid Outdoors program.
Access Pass - $0
U.S. citizens or permanent residents with permanent disabilities. Applicants must provide documentation of permanent disability and residency or citizenship.
Volunteer Pass - $0
Volunteers with 250 service hours with federal agencies that participate in the Interagency Pass Program.
Individual (Hiking, Bicycling, etc...) - $15
Fee covers the entry of an individual that is hiking, bicycling, etc... for 7 days
Annual Senior Pass - $20
Available for U.S. citizens or permanent residents age 62 or over. Applicants must provide documentation of age and residency or citizenship. Valid for a period of one year from date of purchase.
Motorcycle - $25
Fee covers the entry of a motorcycle and its occupants for 7 days
Commercial Sedan, 1 to 6 passenger capacity - $25
Commercial sedan, 1 to 6 passenger capacity. $25 plus $10 per person - 7 days for Original Manifest
Private Vehicle - $30
Fee covers the entry of a private vehicle and its occupants for 7 days
Commercial Van, 7 to 15 passenger capacity - $50
Commercial van, 7 to 15 passenger capacity; $50 - 7 days for Original Manifest
Badlands National Park Annual Pass - $55
This pass admits a single, private, non commercial vehicle and its occupants into the park. This pass does not include camping or give any type of discount at stores inside the park. Valid for one year from month of purchase.
Commercial Minibus, 16 to 25 passenger capacity - $60
Minibus, 16 to 25 passenger capacity; $60 - 7 days for Original Manifest
Annual Pass - $80
The American the Beautiful pass provides access to more than 2,000 recreation areas managed by five Federal agencies, with up to 100% of the proceeds being used to improve and enhance visitor recreation services.
Lifetime Senior Pass - $80
Available for U.S. citizens or permanent residents age 62 or over. Applicants must provide documentation of age and residency or citizenship.
Commercial Motorcoach, 26 or more passenger capacity - $150
Motorcoach, 26 or more passenger capacity; $150 - 7 days for Original Manifest