December 17 Road Closure Near Visitor Center
December 17: Badlands Loop Road (Highway 240) will be temporarily closed at Cedar Pass for emergency repair work. The closure is expected to be in place for two to three weeks, weather dependent. An alternate route to access Interstate 90 will be posted. More »
Entrance Stations Welcome Visitors to Badlands National Park
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.
Did You Know?
To the Lakota, this harsh and desolate landscape was known as "mako sica," meaning “land bad." Early French trappers similarly described the area as “bad lands to travel across." Today, geologists consider all the places in the world with similar topography and formation badlands.