Badlands National Park Accessibility Details

Located at park headquarters, a temporary contact station is in place to serve you while the main park visitor center, the Ben Reifel Visitor Center, undergoes rehabilitation. Located 100 meters behind the visitor center, the contact station has a staffed information desk, limited restrooms, and a public telephone. Here the Badlands Natural History Association operates a bookstore which carries postcards, books, videos, posters, and other educational materials on the park and its resources. Open year round.

Due to the limited size of the contact station, the park movie, Buried Fossils, Living Prairie is unavailable this summer. A new park film will be debuted in early 2006.

Parking is located across from the contact station. Bus and RV parking is also available. The contact station and bookstore are accessible to wheelchair users.

White River Visitor Center

Located on the Pine Ridge Reservation on Highway 27, this contact station is operated by the Oglala Sioux Parks and Recreation Authority, and offers a staffed information desk, park orientation movie, exhibits, restrooms, and water.

Open June 1 through September 15, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The White River Visitor Center has reserved parking and is accessible by ramp. The restroom and exhibit room are fully accessible. Rangers are available to answer questions.


Most scenic overlooks and wayside exhibits are accessible to wheelchair users. Where possible, reserved parking is provided.

Picnic Areas

Picnic tables are located around the Cedar Pass Campground. Picnic areas are also established at the Bigfoot Pass Overlook and on the Conata Road; however, there is no water available. Remember that open campfires are not permitted anywhere in the park , including picnic areas.

Ranger Programs

The amphitheater in the Cedar Pass Campground is accessible by developed path from the parking area or campground. Reserved parking is available. Slide programs are given nightly in summer.

Fossil programs, given daily at the Fossil Exhibit Trail in summer, are fully accessible, as are the Evening Programs, held at the Cedar Pass Amphitheater. Ranger-led nature hikes and walks are generally not wheelchair-accessible due to the rugged Badlands terrain. Check at the contact station for information regarding the accessibility of other ranger-led activities.


The Cedar Pass Campground, near the Cedar Pass Contact Station, has running water and and a dump site for camping vehicles. It has two sites that are fully accessible by wheelchair. These sites are designated for wheelchair users, but are available on a first-come, first-served basis; they may not be available if the campground is full. Many other sites are level and negotiable by wheelchair users. In summer, restrooms in the Agate Loop are accessible by wheelchair. In winter, there is a fully accessible pit toilet. The campground office is accessible by wheelchair and the pay telephone is equipped with a volume control.

The Sage Creek Campground has no water and no dump site. It is fairly level and has accessible pit toilets, although wheelchairs may need assistance over rough terrain.

Golden Access Passport

The Golden Access Passport is a free lifetime entrance permit to all federal parks, monuments, and recreation areas charging entrance fees. It also provides a 50% reduction of camping fees. Note that it does not provide a discount at concession facilities nor does it cover user fees, such as the cost of cave tours. The Golden Access Passport is issued to United States residents who are blind or permanently disabled. They can be obtained at park entrance stations during the summer, or at the contact station during the off-season.


Fossil Exhibit Trail, a 1/4 mile loop, features replicas of Badlands fossils. Reserved parking is available. The trail is accessible by wheelchair, but is steep in places. A booklet and interpretive signs guide you.

Window Trail is a 1/4 mile, fully accessible trail to an excellent Badlands view. Reserved parking is available.

Door Trail, a 3/4 mile round trip, is accessible for 200 yards to a spectacular overlook. This portion of the trail is steep, but usable by athletic or assisted wheelchair users.

Other trails are not wheelchair-accessible due to the rugged Badlands terrain.

Cedar Pass Lodge

Cedar Pass Lodge has three wheelchair accessible air conditioned cabins and an accessible dining room. Gift shop, restrooms, and public telephone are also accessible to those with mobility impairments. Bagged ice and recycling are available. Open mid-April through mid-October. For reservations, call (605) 433 - 5460, or access their website at . Reservations can also be requested, along with rates, by writing Cedar Pass Lodge; P. O. Box 5; Interior, South Dakota 57750.

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