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Badlands National Park in the Fall (Everything You Need to Know)

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Fall Overview

Early fall is pleasant in the Badlands as summer tourists have faded and the temperatures have cooled considerably. This makes September a great time to visit. From October onward the park’s temperatures start to really drop to very chilly lows making the prospect of camping a bit tougher.

The grass in the park changes from green to golden yellow in late Summer so by Fall it is guaranteed. This makes for some beautiful magic hour scenery.

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Badlands in the Fall

Fall Monthly Temperatures in Badlands

September 81F / 51F
October 68F / 39F
November 50F / 26F

Fall Activities in Badlands

Fall is a great time of year to visit Badlands National Park. Early fall (September) is best as the temperatures are cool and mild and the busy crowds of summer have gone back home.

October tends to bring more chilly temperatures, especially overnight, making camping a little less comfortable, but still making for a great day trip. Popular Fall activities in Badlands National Park include the following.

Things to Do

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  • Hiking the park’s many trails to explore the Badlands away from the road.
  • Driving through the park’s main road and enjoying the scenic overlooks.
  • Wildlife watching – Fall is a good time to spot the park’s iconic wildlife including bison, prairie dogs, bighorn sheep, and perhaps even the rare and endangered black-footed ferret.
  • Stargazing – This remote part of the country offers little to no light pollution and star-filled night skies. If you’re very lucky you might even catch the faint glow of the northern lights on the horizon.


This film is the culmination of several weeks spent filming in the rugged Badlands of South Dakota. A true monument to the American West, Badlands National Park and its vast landscapes beckon to be explored and looked upon in awe.

Journey with us as we explore this magical place in stunning 8K.


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Jim Pattiz

Co-Founder of More Than Just Parks. Filmmaker, Conservationist, Public Lands Enthusiast

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