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Badlands Wilderness

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Area Management

The Badlands Wilderness is part of the 109 million acre National Wilderness Preservation System. This System of lands provides clean air, water, and habitat critical for rare and endangered plants and animals. In wilderness, you can enjoy challenging recreational activities like hiking, backpacking, climbing, kayaking, canoeing, rafting, horse packing, bird watching, stargazing, and extraordinary opportunities for solitude. You play an important role in helping to "secure for the American people of present and future generations the benefits of an enduring resource of wilderness" as called for by the Congress of the United States through the Wilderness Act of 1964. Please follow the requirements outlined below and use Leave No Trace techniques when visiting the Badlands Wilderness to ensure protection of this unique area.

No open campfires anywhere in Badlands National Park. Backpack stoves only!

Digging and/or moving fossils or artifacts from their locations in the ground is prohibited by Federal law. The matter is taken very seriously in our Park. Offenders are prosecuted. Fines range from $50.00 to $250,000 and in severe cases offenders have been jailed.

Dogs and other pets are allowed ONLY in developed areas such as campgrounds, parking areas and along roads and must be kept on a leash no longer than 6 feet in length at all times. This policy has been instituted to provide a greater degree of protection to park resources.

Entrance Fees:

Private, non-commercial vehicle $15 - Valid for 7 days

Individual - hike, bicycle $7 - Valid for 7 days

Motorcycle $10 - Valid for 7 days

Badlands National Park Annual Pass $30 - Valid for one year from month of purchase




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