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The dramatic rock formations and rolling, mixed-grass prairies of
Badlands National Park sprawl over 244,000 acres of southwestern South
Dakota. Bison, bighorn sheep, pronghorn, deer, prairie dogs, foxes,
and black-footed ferrets roam freely throughout the prairie.
Originally established as Badlands National Monument in 1939, the region
was designated as a national park in 1978. One visitor center
adjoins the White River on the southern end, while another, Ben Reifel
Visitor Center, is located to the northeast. From these launch
points, approximately 1 million visitors tour the park each year to camp,
hike, bike, bird watch, and take in the breathtaking scenery. The
park is also one of the world's richest mammal fossil beds;
paleontologists are constantly documenting new finds.
Badlands in South Dakota
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