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.