Visitor Center Open / Road Construction
The Ben Reifel Visitor Center is open daily from 8 am to 7 pm. The front parking lot is under construction. Please follow the signs, park in the side lot, and use the side doors. Expect 10 - 15 minute road construction delays along Hwy 240 Loop Road.
Artist in Residence Online Exhibit Launched
Contact: Julie Johndreau, 605-433-5242
BADLANDS NATIONAL PARK, Interior, SD – An Artist in Residence online exhibit is now available to view on Badlands National Park’s website. This gallery has been created to highlight the artwork submissions from numerous artists who have served residencies since the program’s creation in 1996. Each year professional artists of all disciplines are selected to interpret this unique landscape for 4-6 weeks in the fall and spring months. Each artist provides a final artwork submission that becomes a part of the park’s museum collection. Due to a lack of gallery space within the public park facilities, most of the artwork submissions are not on display. This online exhibit provides a virtual display space, making the artwork accessible for the public to view and enjoy.
Throughout the ongoing communication with former artists, it has been evident that their time spent in the Badlands has impacted each individual in profound ways. Having served a residency at the Badlands in the fall of 2005, painter Charlie Lyon came back to visit the park this past summer. Sitting down with park staff, he reflected on his experience and the importance of the program.
For information on how to apply to the program, contact Julie_Johndreau@nps.gov.
Did You Know?
Badlands National Park maintains an open backcountry policy for exploration of its rugged landscape. While the park has no formal backcountry permit or reservation system, hikers are advised to stop at the Ben Reifel Visitor Center for planning assistance, safety tips, directions, and regulations.