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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 News

Showing the last 10 news releases. Click here to visit nps.gov's Badlands National Park - News section for more.

  • Badlands Astronomy Festival 2021

    July 1, 2021 | 11:41 am

    Badlands National Park Astrofest 2021 Schedule

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  • Prescribed Burn - Door Rx

    May 4, 2021 | 9:54 am

    Prescribed Burn Near Door Trail

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  • Sage Creek Rim Road Re-Opens

    January 29, 2021 | 12:32 pm

    Sage Creek Rim Road is open to visitors.

    Read more at nps.gov


  • Fee Free Days for National Park Sites

    January 6, 2021 | 2:33 pm

    Fee Free Days Announced for National Park Sites

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  • Sage Creek Rim Road Closure

    January 6, 2021 | 1:44 pm

    Sage Creek Rim Road is closed due to a landslide

    Read more at nps.gov


  • Prescribed Burn

    September 18, 2020 | 3:01 pm

    Superintendent Mike Pflaum announces plans for a prescribed burn in the Heck Table area of Badlands National Park.

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  • Badlands National Park is beginning to increase recreational access to Ben Reifel Visitor Center at Cedar Pass

    July 15, 2020 | 4:47 pm

    Following guidance from the White House, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and state and local public health authorities, Badlands National Park is increasing recreational access and services. The National Park Service (NPS) is working servicewide with federal, state, and local public health authorities to closely monitor the COVID-19 pandemic and using a phased approach to increase access on a park-by-park basis.

    Read more at nps.gov


  • Badlands National Park is Modifying Operations to Implement Latest Health Guidance

    April 6, 2020 | 2:21 pm

    Updated modifications to Badlands National Park operations: South Unit closure.

    Read more at nps.gov


  • Badlands National Park is Modifying Operations to Implement Latest Health Guidance

    March 18, 2020 | 1:00 pm

    Badlands National Park is Modifying Operations to Implement Latest Health Guidance

    Read more at nps.gov