Kadoka, South Dakota

Gateway to the Badlands! Kadoka, South Dakota is a great town with tons of public facilities to stretch your legs at. Splash around in the city park outdoor pool. Play a round at the nine hole golf course. Hit a homer at the lighted baseball and softball fields. Or stop by the rodeo grounds and auditorium. Near Badlands National Park and other great attractions, you’ll be glad you stopped at the “hole in the wall”.

Things to Do


Looking for something fun to do? Explore ancient artifacts, stroll through an authentic old west town, or visit the distillery.

Places to Stay

Need to rest?  Search local hotels and motels where you can sleep easy.

Where to Eat

H&H El Centro - Kadoka Dining
H & H El Centro

Hwy 16 E Business Loop I-90 Kadoka, SD 57543
H&H Restaurant – Family Style, Home Cooked Food, Home Made Soup • Large Fresh Salad Bar • Char Broiled Steaks • Buffalo • Homemade Pies • Sandwiches • Beer and Wine Coolers • Seating Capacity 150

our history

Kadoka Established

Originally named Willard, Kadoka got its name from the Lakota word “Hodoka” meaning “hole in the wall”. This was a fitting title as the town sits at the mouth of a gap leading into the Badlands. “The Wall” refers to the natural barrier that extends hundreds of miles across the plains and separates the badlands from the prairie.

Kadoka Becomes County Seat

In 1915 Jackson County held an election to determine the county seat. Winning 410 of 610 votes, Kadoka became the new county seat and the County Court House was built the following year.

Travelers stop by the “hole in the wall” to partake in locally distilled whiskey, enjoy the public outdoors spaces, and even play a round of golf. Eat, drink, play, and sleep at the last stop before the Badlands.