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Badlands In Spring

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Spring in the Badlands is windy and still fairly cold, but the grass begins to take on a more vivid  green and the entire park is open and accessible. Spring is a great time to go if you want to skip the crowds of summer and don’t mind a little cold. Plus the seasonal wildlife has largely returned to the park, including the western meadowlarks, bringing with them the sweet chorus of Spring.

Spring Monthly Temperatures in Badlands

April 62F / 36F
May 72F / 46F
June 83F / 56F

Things to See in Badlands

Spring Activities in Badlands

Spring in the Badlands can still be somewhat cold and windy, but the park has greened up and much of the seasonal wildlife has returned to trumpet the arrival of warmer weather and longer days. The wind in the early spring can be quite strong, reaching gusts of more than 60 miles per hour so you’ll want to make to have a jacket and something to protect your ears. Spring in the Badlands is a great time to visit if you  don’t mind a little cold and want to avoid the crowds of summer. In this off-season you’ll practically have the park to yourself. Popular Spring activities in the Badlands include:

  • Hiking the park’s many trails.
  • Driving through the park’s main road and enjoying the scenic overlooks.
  • Wildlife watching. Spring is a great time to enjoy the park’s beautiful wildlife including bison, prairie dogs, burrowing owls, western meadowlarks, and perhaps even the rare and endangered black-footed ferret.
  • Stargazing. Spring sees lots of clear skies and terrific opportunities for stargazing in this remote part of the country with little to no light pollution. If you’re lucky you might even catch the faint glow of the northern lights on the horizon.

Badlands National Park, South Dakota

Interested in what Badlands is like during other times of the year? Check out our Badlands Seasons & Weather page to learn more about which season is best for your visit to the park. Our personal favorite is Fall but Spring & Summer are nice as well, and then there’s Winter which is pretty darn cold.

Badlands by Season


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