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Badlands National Park
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“visitor center”(144 reviews)
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Visitor center with exhibits as well as nearby shop and restaurant facilities.
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Cedar Pass Badlands Loop Road Hwy 240, Badlands National Park, SD
+1 605-433-5361
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Reviewed yesterday

While showing our UK friend the Badlands a brief stop was in order for her to learn a little bit about how this environment came about.

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank meezer3
Reviewed 2 days ago

I expected to see flat land and desert here. What a wonderful surprise. The Badlands are amazing - the rock formations are awe inspiring. This is a great drive - we spent almost all day here. Even saw some buffalo.

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank Stella M
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The visitors center for the Badlands has a good movie telling all about the Badlands along with displays telling how they were formed and the wildlife and animals in the park. They also have a fossil lab which describes the fossils found in the park.

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank Lee L
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Small and informative. Newer exhibits and can enjoy all most all of them in a short amount of time. Small gift shop with books and souvenirs.

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank JanN216
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Both the visitor Center and the gift shop were fun to visit. There were many things I wanted to buy.

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank Dianna P
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is a nice little visitor center on the Badlands loop drive. The only facilities on the loop road. A good place to stop and get water and use facilities before completing the loop drive.

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank Craig L
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The visitor's center is loaded with info about the Badlands, their development, and the archeological importance of the park. We were there in mid-September and it was very busy and a little close in the exhibit areas.

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank Jane K
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

My husband and I enjoyed 20 minutes at the visitor center. The Ben Reifel Visitor Center had a small museum, gift shop, fossil area and nice restrooms. The visitor center could use more picnic tables. Most of the tables were covered.

Date of experience: August 2019
Thank M J
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The visitors center was a good source of information on the area. Many books for children and adults, nice postcards. They show a video about the animals and plants in the area, both now and in the past. Park rangers are available to answer questions.

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank Karen S
Reviewed September 10, 2019 via mobile

The visitor center offers you a detailed history of this region and how the Badlands came to be. S must stop on the loop road for history and geology buffs. The fossil room is great to watch the scientists work

Date of experience: September 2019
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September 29, 2017|
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Response from Sarah T | Reviewed this property |
It depends on how much you want to explore. We spent at least an hour just in the visitor's center. If you hike and what to see everything at least a day to a day and a half.
September 24, 2016|
Response from Nancy W | Reviewed this property |
Not sure but I think about 1957 and it was reopened after a remodel with 95 new exhibits in 2006.