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


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Badlands National Park Late Summer Operating Hours

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Date: August 13, 2008
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?

Sandstone caprock balanced atop eroding sediments, an example of a toadstool or hoodoo

The badlands are some of the fastest eroding landscapes on earth with erosion rates averaging 1” per year in their fragile layers. However, in areas where sandstone is found, the erosion rate may be 1” in 500 years. Often, toadstools form when surrounding sediments erode beneath a sandstone caprock.