The rugged beauty and dramatic landscapes of the Badlands draws nearly one million visitors from around the world to western South Dakota every year.
Help Us Preserve Badlands National Park for Generations to Come
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Badlands National Park
grants visitors access to 244,000 acres of scenic landscapes, incredibly beautiful geological formations, and much more. The vast short grass prairies are home to a diverse array of wildlife, including the national mammal of the United States, the American bison and the endangered Black Footed ferret.
Photo by Bill Schreier
Once a prehistoric ocean,
Badlands National Park now contains one of the world’s richest fossil beds, preserved in layers of a grayish-black sedimentary rock called Pierre shale. Eventually the continental plates shifted, causing the land under the sea to rise and the water to retreat. Today, the colorful banding of the Badlands buttes is caused by fossilized soils; these soils tell researchers a great deal about the history of the Badlands.
The remote nature
of the Badlands conceals more than just fossils; in the Cold War era, thousands of missiles were hidden in plain sight for over 30 years, and hundreds still remain today. The Minuteman Missile National Historic Site is an iconic American landmark, and is a powerful Cold War remembrance.
Badlands National Park
and Minuteman Mission National Historic Site are renowned American landmarks. Preserving their ecological, cultural, and historical resources for future generations is paramount; Badlands National Park Conservancy was created for this purpose.
Photo by JIm Blake