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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 Loop Road to Temporarily Close at Cedar Pass for Repair

ariel view of the Cedar Pass slump

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News Release Date: December 3, 2013
Contact: Julie Johndreau , 605-433-5242

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 added to 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.

Work is scheduled to begin December 10, 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 through traffic. 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 Big Foot Road at Exit 121 as an alternate route.

During the closure, visitors will still be able to access the Door-Window-Notch Trail parking lot from Interstate 90, Exit 131. Visitors will also be able to access the Ben Reifel Visitor Center from the west. The visitor center is open daily from 8 am to 4 pm. The visitor center is closed on Christmas Day and New Year’s Day.

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.