• 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 Loop Road to Close at Cedar Pass for Repair

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Date: December 9, 2013
Contact: Wolf Schwarz, 605-433-5270

The Badlands Loop Road(Highway 240) will be temporarily closed at Cedar Pass for emergency repair work. This steep and unstable slump is undergoing active erosion. The road is cracked and both lanes are in danger of failing. Recent snow and rain has addedto the ongoing problem. While longer term solutions are being investigated, a deep patch of both lanes will be done in order to hold the road temporarily.

Due to recent weather conditions, work has been delayed and is now scheduled to begin December 17, 2013 and is expected to last two to three weeks, depending on weather. During the construction phase, the road at Cedar Pass will be CLOSED to all throughtraffic. As soon as it is safe to do so, the road will be re-opened to through traffic.

For travel through Badlands National Park along the Badlands Loop Road (Highway 240) from Interstate 90, visitors and residents will be directed to use either Wall Exit110 or Big Foot Road at Exit 121 as alternate routes.

During the closure, visitors will still be able to access the Door-Window-Notch Trail and the Cliff Shelf Trail parking lots from Interstate 90, Exit 131. Visitors will also beable to access the Ben Reifel Visitor Center from the west via Badlands Loop Road Hwy 240. The visitor center is open daily from 8 am to 4 pm. The visitor center will be closed on Christmas Day and New Year's Day.

Did You Know?

From a 1950 postcard, a black and white photo of the rugged badlands formations

The 1928 bill originally proposing a park in the South Dakota badlands used the name -Teton National Park - in the hopes of avoiding the negative-sounding name of Badlands. Teton was a title later applied to Grand Teton National Park.