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

    Badlands

    National Park South Dakota

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    Construction crews are replacing the parking lot in front of the visitor center. Please follow the signs, park in the side lot, and use the side doors. The Ben Reifel Visitor Center remains open every day from 8 am to 4 pm.

Entrance Stations Welcome Visitors to Badlands National Park

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Date: April 1, 2011
Contact: Eric Brunnemann, Superintendent

Park entrance stations opened today, April 1, 2011. The station at Pinnacles, the entrance closest to Wall, South Dakota (SD), as well as the northeast park entrance, just off I-90 at Exit 131 will be staffed and providing park information and other visitor services.

Entry fees remain $15.00 per vehicle, or $30 for an annual pass. An interagency pass for all federal recreation sites can be purchased for $80.00 annually. Please be aware that the speed limit changes to 25 mph on the approach to the entrances.

Cedar Pass Lodge, managed by Forever Resorts, will open to serve visitors on April 15. Services include lodging, dining and a gift shop. Reservations can be made by calling 605-433-5460, by writing Cedar Pass Lodge 20681 Highway 240 Interior, SD 57750, or online at www.CedarPassLodge.com. The campground, also run by Forever Resorts remains open year-round. Group campsite reservations can also be made by calling 605-433-5460, by writing Cedar Pass Lodge 20681 Highway 240 Interior, SD 57750, or online at www.CedarPassLodge.com. The remaining sites are first come, first served. Primitive sites are $15 per night, and sites with electricity are $28 per night.

The park’s Ben Reifel Visitor Center is open year-round. Beginning April 17 hours will be 8:00 am until 5:00 pm. May 29 will mark extended operation hours.

For additional information on planning your trip, please visit our park’s web site at http://www.nps.gov/badl .

-NPS-

Did You Know?

Historic photo of the Cedar Pass cabins

The Cedar Pass Lodge dates back to 1928 when Ben Millard and his sister Clara opened the Cedar Pass Camp to provide services to tourists braving the area's dusty, undeveloped roads. The Camp once consisted of a grocery store, gas station, dance hall, and cabins. It remains an oasis for travelers.