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


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    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.

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?

Ben Reifel speaking at the Cedar Pass Campground Amphitheater - 1971

The Ben Reifel Visitor Center was named after Ben Reifel, the first congressman from the Sioux Nation, who served 5 terms. Afterwards, he served as consultant and Special Assistant for Indian Programs to the Director of the National Park Service. Badlands was his favorite national park.