Climate and Special Equipment Needs
There are no bears found in Badlands National Park.
Carry adequate water!
No permits required. Please use Backcountry Trail Registers, or register at the Ben Reifel Visitor Center.
Safety and Current Conditions
Badlands weather is unpreditable. Be prepared for the potential of extreme weather. Heavy rain, hail, and high winds can occur throughout the summer months. During a severe electrical storm, stay away from exposed areas, ridges, or isolated trees. Summer temperatures often exceed 100F. Sunscreen, a hat, and water are essential when hiking in the park. Carry adequate water for hiking or backcountry trips (minimum of 1 gallon/person/day). Water sources in the park are not potable.