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 »
Exotic Plant Management Team Training Held at Badlands
Contact: Brian Kenner, 605-433-5260
BADLANDS NATIONAL PARK, Interior, S.D. — Training for the Northern Great Plains Exotic Plant Management Team was held at Badlands National Park from May 17th through May 20th. The Northern Great Plains Team is one of 16 established by the National Park Service to provide effective and consistent invasive plant management for the National Park Service. The purpose of the training was to create a mobile and skilled team available to assist park personnel in their exotic plant management efforts. Approximately 30 participants from several national parks received training in herbicide application, equipment operation, record keeping and safety.
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.