Badlands National Park - map, photos and other informations


Badlands National Park is a national park in the United States. The park is located in southwestern South Dakota. It was established on November 10, 1978. The park covers an area of 244,000 acres (1,000 km2). The park is known for its unique geology and for its fossils.

The park has a variety of landscapes. TheBadlands are a type of dry terrain where the soil is rich in calcium carbonate. The calcium carbonate is deposited by rainwater and creates a hard, dry surface. The Badlands are home to many animals, including bison, bighorn sheep, pronghorn, and elk. The park also has a variety of birds, including the bald eagle.

The Badlands were formed over millions of years. The first people to live in the area were the Native Americans. They used the land for hunting and gathering food. The first settlers to the area were the homesteaders. They came in the 1800s to farm the land. The homesteaders faced many challenges, including droughts, dust storms, and grasshoppers.

The park is open all year. Visitors can camp, hike, and take part in ranger-led programs.

Photos of Badlands National Park

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) about Badlands National Park

What to do in Badlands National Park?

There is no one-size-fits-all answer to this question, as the best way to enjoy Badlands National Park will vary depending on your individual interests and preferences. However, some suggested activities that could be enjoyed in the park include hiking, camping, wildlife watching, and photography.

Are dogs allowed in the park?

Pets are welcome to explore the great views in Badlands National Park with some restrictions. You must keep your pet on a leash no more than six feet long and they may only visit developed areas like campgrounds or picnic spots, as well other motor vehicle accessible ones suchs gravel roads/phalt pavements ( roadways), parking lots etc.

What to see in Badlands National Park?

Some of the main attractions in Badlands National Park include the White River Badlands, the Minuteman Missile National Historic Site, and the Badlands Wilderness Area.

Average weather in Badlands National Park

Temp max Temp min Rain Snow
Jan 3 °C -8 °C 2 mm 5 mm
Feb 3 °C -9 °C 2 mm 9 mm
Mar 11 °C -3 °C 10 mm 13 mm
Apr 14 °C 1 °C 39 mm 17 mm
May 20 °C 8 °C 75 mm 5 mm
Jun 28 °C 15 °C 56 mm 0 mm
Jul 31 °C 19 °C 49 mm 0 mm
Aug 30 °C 18 °C 39 mm 0 mm
Sep 25 °C 13 °C 33 mm 0 mm
Oct 16 °C 4 °C 27 mm 8 mm
Nov 9 °C -2 °C 5 mm 7 mm
Dec 2 °C -8 °C 3 mm 15 mm

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