• 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.

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?

The rugged badlands topography

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.