December 17 Road Closure Near Visitor Center
December 17: Badlands Loop Road (Highway 240) will be temporarily closed at Cedar Pass for emergency repair work. The closure is expected to be in place for two to three weeks, weather dependent. An alternate route to access Interstate 90 will be posted. More »
Badlands National Park Late Summer Operating Hours
Contact: Judy Olson, (605) 433-5240
Superintendent Paige Baker has announced the late summer schedule for Badlands National Park.
Beginning August 17, through September 30, 2008, the Night Sky program will be presented on Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday and begin at 8:30 p.m. On August 17, the hours of the Ben Reifel Visitor Center will be 8 am to 5 pm daily. A limited number of ranger-led interpretive programs will be offered at the park through September. All dates and times are subject to change.
The hours of the Cedar Pass Lodge is 7 am to 9 pm. Beginning September 9 through September 26, the hours of the lodge will change to 7 am to 7 pm. On September 27, the hours of the lodge will change to 8 am to 4 pm daily.
Please check at the Ben Reifel Visitor Center (605-433-5241) for dates and times of interpretive programs or check the Badlands National Park website.
Did You Know?
During the Age of Dinosaurs, a warm, shallow sea covered the Great Plains, including what is now Badlands. Since dinosaurs were land creatures, no fossils of these animals have been found in the park. Giant marine lizards called mosasaurs swam in the ancient sea, along with sea turtles and fish.