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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 region of South Dakota
Badlands in South Dakota

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