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U.S. Forest Service

Rocky Mountain Region Viewing Area

LOCATION and PHOTOS

Front entrance of the National Grassland Visitor Center. Front entrance of the National Grassland Visitor Center. Photo by Linda Hiltner, U.S. Forest Service.

Natural landscaping at the National Grassland Visitor Center. Natural landscaping at the National Grassland Visitor Center. Photo by John Hess, U.S. Forest Service.

Verbena and prairie coneflower in the natural landscaping area. Verbena and prairie coneflower in the natural landscaping area. Photo by Linda Hiltner, U.S. Forest Service.

National Grasslands Visitor Center

Forest: Nebraska National Forests and Grasslands

Description: The National Grasslands Visitor Center is located at 708 Main Street in Wall, South Dakota, which is two blocks south of the world-famous Wall Drug Store. In the Visitor Center are displays of grassland’s wildlife and plants, grazing management, and history of the 20 National Grasslands and the Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie. The Visitor Center also has a theater, an exhibit room, restrooms, and a sales area. A Junior Ranger program is available to all visitors.

  • Hours vary, please call (605) 279-2125 for current hours.

Viewing Information: Outside the Visitor Center is a natural mixed-grass prairie landscape. In addition to the grasses, shrubs, and trees are wildflowers, such as upright prairie coneflower (Ratibida columnifera), western yarrow (Achillea millefolium), false boneset (Kuhnia eupatatoroides), annual sunflower (Helianthus annuus), purple coneflower (Echinacea angustifolia), heath aster (Aster ericoides), and soapweed (Yucca glauca).

Safety First: The streets in Wall can be very busy, especially during summer. Please take extra care in crossing the streets.

Directions: The National Grasslands Visitor Center is located in downtown Wall, South Dakota. Please follow the directions from Exit 110 on Interstate 90 in western South Dakota.

Whether traveling East or West on Interstate 90, take Exit 110 (Wall/Badlands exit). From Exit 110, head north on Glenn Street, toward the Town of Wall. After the first gas station on your left, turn left (west) onto South Boulevard. Follow South Boulevard two blocks before taking a right on Main Street going north. The National Grasslands Visitor Center is on the right at 708 Main Street.

Ownership and Management: U.S. Forest Service.

Closest Town to the Grasslands: Wall, South Dakota.

For More Information:

Contact Information:

National Grasslands Visitor Center
708 Main St / PO Box 425
Wall, SD 57790

(605) 279-2125