For Badlands National Park information, contact Badlands National Park, P.O. Box 6, Interior, SD 57750 (tel. 605/433-5361; From the home page, click on "Badlands Visitor Guide" and you'll get excellent and thorough information.

For information about the area, contact South Dakota Tourism, 711 E. Wells Ave., Pierre, SD 57501 (tel. 800/S-DAKOTA [732-5682] or 605/773-3301; fax 605/773-3256;, or the Black Hills Visitor Information Center, north side of I-90 at exit 61, Rapid City, SD 57701 (tel. 605/355-3600;, open 8am to 5pm.

The National Park Service distributes a wide variety of brochures on topics including geology, prairie grasses, backpacking, biking, wildlife, plants, and use of horses in the park. You can pick up brochures at the park visitor centers and ranger stations or download them from the park's website.

The Badlands Visitor Guide, published by the nonprofit Badlands Natural History Association, P.O. Box 47, Interior, SD 57750 (tel. 605/433-5489;, provides up-to-date information on visitor center hours, park programs, camping, and hiking trails.

Visitor Centers

Visitor centers are at Cedar Pass and White River. The Ben Reifel Visitor Center at Cedar Pass is open year-round and features exhibits on the park's natural and cultural history. The White River Visitor Center, on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, is open June through late August only. It includes exhibits about Oglala Sioux history.

Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.