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

    Badlands

    National Park South Dakota

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Badlands Offers Full Moon Hike

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Date: June 14, 2011
Contact: Aaron Kaye, 605-433-5243

BADLANDS NATIONAL PARK, Interior, S.D. — On Thursday June 16th, join Badlands rangers for a moonlit hike across the prairie and into the scenic rock formations. See the Badlands like never before – under moonlight.

The program will begin at 9:00 pm at the Cedar Pass Campground Amphitheater. A short multimedia presentation on observing the moon, lunar phases, and nocturnal animals will precede the hike. Come learn about the endangered and nocturnal black-footed ferret. Once thought to be extinct, the park is now celebrating the 30th anniversary of the rediscovery of black-footed ferrets in America.

The one hour, 1.5 mile hike begins and ends at the amphitheater. The amphitheater is located next to the Cedar Pass Campground a quarter mile from the Ben Reifel Visitor Center on Badlands Loop Road (Hwy 240). Visitors are encouraged to bring water, a jacket, insect repellent and sturdy, closed-toed shoes.

Regular park entrance fees apply. See nps.gov/badl or contact the park at 605-433-5361 for more information.

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Did You Know?

From a 1950 postcard, a black and white photo of the rugged badlands formations

The 1928 bill originally proposing a park in the South Dakota badlands used the name -Teton National Park - in the hopes of avoiding the negative-sounding name of Badlands. Teton was a title later applied to Grand Teton National Park.