December 10 Road Closure Near Visitor Center
December 10: Badlands Loop Road (Highway 240) will be temporarily closed at Cedar Pass for emergency repair work. The closure is expected to be in place for two to three weeks, weather dependent. An alternate route to access Interstate 90 will be posted. More »
South Unit General Management Plan
Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar and National Park Service Director Jon Jarvis announced on April 26, 2012 the release of the final General Management Plan (GMP)/Environmental Impact Statement for the South Unit of Badlands National Park, recommending the establishment of the nation's first tribal national park in partnership with the Oglala Sioux Tribe (OST). Read More
North Unit General Management Plan
The Final North Unit General Management Plan / Environmental Impact Statement guides the management of the North Unit of Badlands National Park over a period of 15-20 years. The Record of Decision announcing the selected management alternative was approved in December 2006. Management objectives offer a range of high-quality visitor opportunities and improved facilities while ensuring the protection of natural and cultural resources.
Prairie Dog Management Plan and Environmental Assessment (Plan/EA)
Badlands National Park sought comments for this plan in spring 2007 and finalized the plan in August 2007. The National Park Service objective for the plan is to ensure the black-tailed prairie dog population remains a viable and key factor in the park ecosystem, while providing strategies for controlling prairie dog expansion to private lands along the park boundary.
Scope of Collection Statement
Badlands National Park Scope of Collection Statement serves to define the scope of present and future museum collection holdings of Badlands National Park that contribute directly to the understanding and interpretation of the park's purpose, themes, and resources and that must be preserved by Federal mandate. It is designed to ensure that all museum collections are clearly relevant to the park.
Scope of Collection Statement (1.24 MB PDF)
Did You Know?
To the Lakota, this harsh and desolate landscape was known as "mako sica," meaning “land bad." Early French trappers similarly described the area as “bad lands to travel across." Today, geologists consider all the places in the world with similar topography and formation badlands.