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.
New Badlands Films Available for Purchase
Contact: Julie Johndreau, (605) 433-5242
Contact: Midge Johnston, (605) 433-5489
BADLANDS NATIONAL PARK, S.D. — Three new park films are now available for purchase on one DVD entitled Badlands Suite. Badlands Natural History Association (BNHA) is a not-for-profit cooperating association that donates all profits from sales to park interpretation, education, and scientific research. These three films take you on a journey into the White River Badlands of South Dakota. Become acquainted with the people of this place - American Indians, ranchers, scientists, explorers, and naturalists - and witness how millions of years of natural processes have carved canyons and exposed innumerable signs of past wildlife. The White River Badlands contain one of the richest mammal fossil beds in the world. Spectacular scenery, up close wildlife, and historic footage all make this a wonderful film presentation to either remember your trip to the Badlands or to prepare for your own upcoming Badlands adventure.
The DVD includes the twenty minute park introductory film, Land of Stone and Light. A second video presentation, From Field to Lab, explores the exciting work of paleontologists in the Badlands. A third film, Multiple Perspectives, contains personal interviews with many people who have called this place home.
The price of the DVD is $20.99 with tax plus additional charges for orders to be shipped. To place an order, contact: Midge Johnston, Badlands Natural History Association, P.O. Box 47, Interior, SD 57750. Phone (605) 433-5489.
Did You Know?
During the Age of Dinosaurs, a warm, shallow sea covered the Great Plains, including what is now Badlands. Since dinosaurs were land creatures, no fossils of these animals have been found in the park. Giant marine lizards called mosasaurs swam in the ancient sea, along with sea turtles and fish.