Badlands National Park is usually only a brief stop for many who are on their way to bigger, perhaps better-known parks, however, those who have been here will tell you, the Badlands should be on every bucket list. Here you can take in the stunning views of the grass prairie and its summits and peaks as well. As the sun sets, the best views begin to appear as the sky becomes aglow with some of the most spectacular visions on the planet. From the night sky program to the day hikes and the visitor center offering a closer look at the history of this amazing national park, there are many reasons to visit the Badlands. This year, as we continue to celebrate the anniversary of our nations national parks, Pristine Agency invites you to take a closer look at this great national park. Welcome to the Badlands.
By far one of the most popular programs offered to visitors of Badlands National Park is the Night Sky Program. The Night Sky Program is offered Friday through Monday from the end of May through the beginning of September at the Cedar Pass Campground Amphitheater. Start times vary as sunset changes. The ranger will point out constellations, stars, and planets. Stay and view the spectacular night sky through one of the park’s large telescopes. Everyone is given an opportunity. Rarely do most people have the opportunity to experience the awesome dark skies and the spectacular sights found here. On any given night, visitors will be able to see more than 7,500 stars. Particularly extraordinary is the clearness of our own Milky Way Galaxy. Visitors may also be able to view fly-overs by numerous satellites and even the International Space Station.
There is 40-minute multi-media presentation about the wonders of the dark night sky, followed by a “Tour of the Universe.” The ranger will point out constellations with the help of a powerful green laser. In addition to the individual viewing of cosmic objects, the programs often include some impressive “big-screen” displays. A special camera mounted to a telescope allows live images from the telescope to be displayed on a 25 foot by 30-foot screen.
Don’t make the Badlands a brief stop, find out what makes it unique from all other parks in the world. Whether you choose to enjoy the night sky or prefer to do some hiking and exploring in the light, you are sure to be astounded at all the beauty and history you have been missing. To find out more about this park, visit them online at http://www.nps.gov/badl.