It's no secret that Badlands Bad River offers a simple, healthy lifestyle for people of all ages. Visit us and see for yourself why we choose to live, work, and raise families here.
- The South Dakota Division of Criminal Investigation reports crime statistics for the state of South Dakota. The communities within Badlands Bad River report almost no crimes against persons or property for the past several years. In our communities, people may actually leave cars unlocked, go outside after dark, and let their children walk to school!
Think there's no culture to be had in rural western South Dakota? Badlands Bad River begs to differ. Within our communities you will find a year-round selection of school and community performances, including band, chorus, and theater productions. Check out a few of our favorite cultural opportunities!
The quaint and quirky attractions in Badlands Bad River offer history, nature, and fun. Here are just a few of the places that residents and visitors alike can enjoy.
- The Kadoka Depot Museum, located on Main Street, takes you through the life and times of community settlers.
- 1880 Town is an interactive replica of an old-fashioned community.
- Wall Drug is known worldwide for its artwork, souvenirs, food, and free ice water!
- The Armed Forces Display & Gifts in Wasta features an amazing collection of military memorabilia from many of the armed forces.
- Learn about the Sioux tribes and Native American culture, including a history of the massacre in 1890 that cost over 300 Lakota their lives, at the Wounded Knee Museum in Wall.
- Prairie Dog Town gives visitors an up-close view of these little animals that are native to the prairies of western South Dakota.
- The first national park unit specifically designated to commemorate the Cold War, Minuteman Missile National Historic Site, features a visitor center, launch control center, and missile silo.
A nod to the western, ranching, and livestock history and culture of Badlands Bad River, rodeos are both serious competitions and social gatherings. Offered annually in the summer moths, be sure to check out these unique and lively events!
- Philip - Matched Bronc Ride
- Wall - Regional Qualifying Rodeo for South Dakota High School Finals Rodeo; Pennington County 4H Rodeo; Wall Rodeo
- Kadoka - Triple Crown Rodeo; Haakon/Jackson County 4H Rodeo
Visit the rodeo associations for dates and locations!
Outdoor Recreation & Sports
Enjoy some incredible recreation and sporting opportunities right here in Badlands Bad River. Whatever outdoor activity you enjoy, you'll be sure to meet some great folks!
- Hunting: sportsmen can hunt numerous wild game species, including deer, turkey, antelope, pheasant, and more. Fishing: Bad River, White River, Cheyenne River, and Lake Waggoner offer fishing opportunities for license holders. Badlands Bad River encourages all hunters to obtain the proper license(s) and understand all rules and regulations. Residency restrictions may apply.
- Boating & Watersports: Check out Lake Waggoner, north of Philip, for boating, beaches, campground, and more.
- Camping: enjoy a night under the stars at Lake Waggoner, Badlands National Park, KOA commercial campsites, and other convenient locations.
- Hiking: Badlands National Park is known for its world-class hiking trails, ranging from paved walkways to strenuous marked and unmarked paths.
- Swimming: cool off during the summer months at public swimming pools in Philip, Kadoka, and Wall. Many hotels and campsites offer private pools for guests.
- Golf: get your game on at the public golf courses in Wall, Philip, and Kadoka.