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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 Announces Federal Holiday Closing

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Date: December 19, 2008

(Interior, S.D.) Through an executive order, President Bush announced that Friday, December 26, 2008 will be a holiday for all federal employees. Following this order, Badlands National Park, Deputy Superintendent Larry Johnson has announced that the Ben Reifel Visitor Center will be closed on December 26. The visitor center will also be closed on Thursday, December 25, 2008, and Thursday, January 1, 2009, for the holidays.

For more information, please call park headquarters at (605) 433-5361.

Did You Know?

The rich hue of the Yellow Mounds paleosols

The yellow and red layers in the badlands formations are fossilized soils, called paleosols. Fossil root traces, burrows, and animal bones found within the soils provide scientists with evidence of environmental and climatic changes that occurred in the badlands over time.