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    Park roads and parking lots are under construction. Expect occasional 10 - 15 minute road construction delays along Hwy 240 Loop Road. There is limited parking at the Ben Reifel Visitor Center. Please follow the signs to park in designate areas.

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?

The white water of Sage Creek

Available water in the badlands is always loaded with sediment. Cloudy and milky white in appearance, the water contains particles that carry a slight charge of electricity. The particles repel each other, instead of settling to the bottom. Early visitors found the water unsuitable for drinking.