Visitor Center Open / Road Construction
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.
Enjoy an Evening of Art in the Badlands
Contact: Julie Johndreau, (605) 433-5242
BADLANDS NATIONAL PARK, S.D. --- On Thursday, May 10, Badlands National Park will host an Evening of Art. Please join us at the Ben Reifel Visitor Center between 6:30 – 8 pm. Former Artist in Residence Charlie Lyon will present a slide show of his paintings at 7 pm in the classroom. Lyon will describe his Badlands experience and explore aspects of his work. His original oil on canvas, Storm, Big Badlands, will be on display.
Other Badlands art, including submissions received for the Badlands Annual Pass Photo Contest, will also be on display. The photo contest is open until May 31. Submissions may be sent to Marsha Buchanan, Fee Program Office, PO Box 6, Interior, SD 57750. Please see Photo Contest rules below or contact Marsha Buchanan at 605-433-5235.
Photo subject must be of or within Badlands National Park.
Photos for judging must be no larger than 5" x 7" and printed on photo quality paper, submitted along with a digital file for printing and publication.
Due to space limitation associated with files sizes, we cannot accept photos by e-mail.
Limit of 2 photos per entrant.
Entries must be received by the Park’s Fee Office no later than close of business on Thursday, May 31, 2007.
Photos will not be returned and will become the property of the National Park Service.
Since 1996, Badlands National Parks has sponsored over 20 artists in residence. These artists are selected by a panel of park employees, often competing against over a dozen other applicants. Badlands has hosted painters, photographers, musicians, poets, sculptors, printmakers, and novelists. Funding through the cooperating association, Badlands National History Association (BNHA) makes this program possible. The BNHA Bookstore will be open in the visitor center on May 10 until 8:00. Visitors may shop or consider joining the association during their membership drive. Regular park entrance fees will apply during the Evening of Art.
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.