Visitor Center Open / Road Construction
Park roads and parking lots are under construction. Expect occasional 10 - 15 minute road construction delays along Hwy 240 Loop Road. There is limited parking at the Ben Reifel Visitor Center. Please follow the signs to park in designate areas.
Fall Prescribed Burn Planned
Contact: Brian Kenner, 605-433-5260
BADLANDS NATIONAL PARK, Interior, S.D. — Fire crews from Badlands National Park and the Northern Great Plains Fire Office are preparing for a planned 2,213-acre burn that is expected to take place sometime between September 7 and mid-October. Fire managers will select a day when conditions are favorable for safe burning and sufficient staff is available. The burn location is along the south side of the Badlands Loop Road (Highway 240) near headquarters at Cedar Pass and north of the town of Interior (see map). The goal of the burn is to restore the natural process of fire to the prairie ecosystem and to reduce the build-up of dead and dried fuels.
Did You Know?
The former Pig Dig was discovered in June 1993 when two visitors from Iowa discovered a large backbone protruding from the ground near the Conata Picnic Area. Originally thought to be a 4-day excavation, field work continued for over a decade, yielding more than 10,000 fossilized bones for study.