The National Grasslands Visitor Center in downtown Wall is now open to the public, safely welcoming visitors from around the world to discover America’s four million acres of public prairies.
Open free of charge from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily through Labor Day, the center features exhibits, films, and ranger-led interpretive programs which explore the deep roots of America’s 21 national grasslands. Rangers also provide information about recreational opportunities on the Buffalo Gap National Grassland and adjacent public lands, including the Badlands and Black Hills. Visitors of all ages can earn their Grasslands Junior Ranger badge, and get their park passport stamped. The center’s Black Hills Parks and Forests Association store offers a variety of books, guides, apparel, and souvenirs to make a memorable and enjoyable trip.
To protect public health and safety, building capacity is limited to 20, and visitors who have not been vaccinated against COVID-19 must wear a mask. Cooperation and understanding of these regulations is appreciated.
“We’re pleased to be able to safely welcome visitors back inside,” said National Grasslands Visitor Center Director Travis Mason-Bushman. “Our rangers are eager to share the many stories of the national grasslands, and to help visitors responsibly enjoy the sublime beauty of South Dakota’s public lands.”
Rangers are also conducting guided tours of the center’s outdoor Living Landscape, replicating a slice of restored native prairie, and providing interpretive programs through cooperative agreements with nearby Badlands National Park and Minuteman Missile National Historic Site.
The National Grasslands Visitor Center is the only visitor center and museum dedicated to telling the story of America’s 21 National Grasslands. Located in downtown Wall, South Dakota, the center offers exhibits, films, ranger-led interpretive programs, and a Black Hills Parks and Forests Association store which, together, foster public understanding and enjoyment of the 3.8 million acres of public prairies managed by the Forest Service nationwide.