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

    Badlands

    National Park South Dakota

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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 Seeks Public Input

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Date: March 8, 2007
Contact: Mark Gorman, (605) 433-5230

BADLANDS NATIONAL PARK, S.D. — Badlands National Park seeks public input on proposed changes to the park’s entrance fee for 2008. A public meeting will be held on March 15 at 2 o’clock in the Ben Reifel Visitor Center. Please join park staff to learn more about the recreation fee program and discuss the proposed entrance fee increase.

Badlands National Park is a designated Federal Recreation Fee Area. Fees collected at Badlands directly benefit this park and other units of the National Park Service. Fees paid at Badlands are unique in that under special agreement fees are split with the Oglala Sioux Tribe.

Some of the projects that have been funded by fees at Badlands include:

Upgraded comfort stations in the Cedar Pass Campground.

•Park-wide trail improvements.

•New exhibits and park film at the Ben Reifel Visitor Center.

•Installation of restroom facilities at overlook areas.

•Support for the Big Pig Dig.

•Modernization of park bison corrals.

•Support for reintroduction of bighorn sheep and black-footed ferret within the park.

For more information, please contact Chief Ranger Mark Gorman at (605) 433-5230 or Revenue and Fee Business and Concession Manager Marsha Buchanan at (605) 433-5235.

Did You Know?

The white water of Sage Creek

Available water in the badlands is always loaded with sediment. Cloudy and milky white in appearance, the water contains particles that carry a slight charge of electricity. The particles repel each other, instead of settling to the bottom. Early visitors found the water unsuitable for drinking.