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Badlands National Park

Badlands National Park

 

 

 

Location: Rapid City  Map

Area: 244,000 acres

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Description of Badlands National Park

Badlands National Park is situated near Rapid City, Pennington County in South Dakota in the United States. Badlands National Park covers an area of 244,000 acres. It is a natural park that offers eroded landscapes (hillocks, pinnacles and arrows) and meadows and that is also rich in paleontological places, since within the park there are numerous fossils from the Oligocene period (23 to 35 million years before our era) that allow scientists to study the evolution of certain mammalian species such as horses, sheep, pigs and rhinos. It is administered by the National Park Service (NPS), but a particular area (the Stronghold unit) is administered jointly with a Sioux tribe (Oglala).

 

 

 

Fees and permits

An entry pass good for one year is available for $30. Otherwise, people who drive a non-commercial vehicle can buy a 7-day pass for $15. Hikers, cyclists and motorcyclists can get a 7-day pass for $10.

Members of the Oglala Sioux tribe can buy the 7-day pass at half price.

There are several passes for groups traveling together in a private vehicle or individuals on foot or on bike. These passes provide free entry at national parks and national wildlife refuges, and also cover standard amenity fees at national forests and grasslands, and at lands managed by the Bureau of Land Management and Bureau of Reclamation. These passes are valid at all national parks including Badlands National Park:

The $80 Annual Pass (valid for twelve months from date of issue) can be purchased by anyone. Military personnel can obtain a free annual pass in person at a federal recreation site by showing a Common Access Card (CAC) or Military ID.
U.S. citizens or permanent residents age 62 or over can obtain a Senior Pass (valid for the life of the holder) in person at a federal recreation site for $80, or through the mail for $90; applicants must provide documentation of citizenship and age. This pass also provides a fifty percent discount on some park amenities. Seniors can also obtain a $20 annual pass.
U.S. citizens or permanent residents with permanent disabilities can obtain an Access Pass (valid for the life of the holder) in person at a federal recreation site at no charge, or through the mail for $10; applicants must provide documentation of citizenship and permanent disability. This pass also provides a fifty percent discount on some park amenities.
Individuals who have volunteered 250 or more hours with federal agencies that participate in the Interagency Pass Program can receive a free Volunteer Pass.
4th graders can receive an Annual 4th Grade Pass that allows free entry for the duration of the 4th grade school year (September-August) to the bearer and any accompanying passengers in a private non-commercial vehicle. Registration at the Every Kid in a Park website is required.
In 2018 the National Park Service will offer four days on which entry is free for all national parks: January 15 (Martin Luther King Jr. Day), April 21 (1st Day of NPS Week), September 22 (National Public Lands Day), and November 11 (Veterans Day weekend).

 

 

History of the Badlands National Park

The area of Badlands National Park was first protected as a national monument, being established by the US Congress itself. on January 24, 1939 ("Badlands National Monument", with 526 km²). On November 10, 1978, the Congress redesigned the area and created a new national park.

Geographic location
The Badlands National Park is located in the United States, in the state of South Dakota. Its surface exceeds 980 km². This area is surrounded by the White River to the south, and by the Cheyenne River to the north. The Custer State Park is located about fifty kilometers west, as the crow flies.

Geology
Badlands National Park is located on an eroded plateau whose formation dates back to the Upper Cretaceous, (around 75 million years ago). It was formed with essentially sedimentary deposits (sand, silt, clay) not solidified by foundations. The study of the different sedimentary layers allows us to describe the history of this region.

 

 

 

 

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