The price to get into Badlands National Park is going up next year. Credit: National Park Service

Badlands National Park in South Dakota will be increasing its entrance fees a bit come the new year as part of the National Park Service’s move to bring pricing for similar parks in line with each other, and as a part of the ongoing efforts to address aging park infrastructure and improve visitor experience, according to the National Parks Traveler.

As of Jan. 2, entrance fees will be $30 a vehicle; $25 a motorcycle; and $15 a individual. The Badlands Annual Pass will be $55.

“This increase in fees will allow us to continue to protect, preserve, and share the special places here at Badlands with current and future generations,” said Superintendent Mike Pflaum.

A majority of the fees are kept locally and have supported a wide range of projects that improve the park visitor experience, including rehabilitating trails and trailhead signs, developing and installing exhibits in visitor centers, improving park water systems, providing ranger-led programs and improving accessibility in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act.

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