• Badlands formations against the blue sky; photo by Rikk Flohr

    Badlands

    National Park South Dakota

Badlands National Park Lifts Smoking Ban

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Date: September 18, 2006
Contact: Julie Johndreau, (605) 433-5242

BADLANDS NATIONAL PARK, S.D. - Superintendent Dr. Paige Baker has lifted the smoking ban at Badlands National Park. The ban was put into effect July 20th to protect against the threat of wildland fire. The fire danger has decreased due to recent cool and damp weather. Visitors are once again allowed to smoke out-of-doors in Badlands National Park. The public is still urged to use care when smoking. Please remember to extinguish all smoking materials.

Open campfires are NOT permitted at any time in Badlands National Park.

Did You Know?

Early motorist meanders through the Upper Tunnel

Early motorists along the Badlands Loop Road traveled through tunnels carved into the formations. Since the road’s layout defied engineering logic by being based on scenery rather than stability, the road is constantly shifting. Though the tunnels are long gone, the sense of adventure remains.