December 17 Road Closure Near Visitor Center
December 17: 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 »
Badlands and Minuteman Missile Commemorate Veterans Day with Fee Free Weekend
Contact: Badlands: Julie Johndreau, 605-433-5242
Contact: Minuteman Missile: Jennie Kish Albrinck, 605-433-5552, ext. 238
BADLANDS NATIONAL PARK / MINUTEMAN MISSILE NATIONAL HISTORIC SITE, S.D. - Badlands National Park and Minuteman Missile National Historic Site are two of the 398 units in the national park system that give thanks this Veterans Day weekend to the men and women who have defended our freedom through military service. Badlands, a fee park, will join other national park fee locations and offer a fee-free weekend from Saturday, November 10, 2012 through Monday, November 12, 2012.
Did You Know?
The badlands are some of the fastest eroding landscapes on earth with erosion rates averaging 1” per year in their fragile layers. However, in areas where sandstone is found, the erosion rate may be 1” in 500 years. Often, toadstools form when surrounding sediments erode beneath a sandstone caprock.