December 10 Road Closure Near Visitor Center
December 10: 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 »
Exhibit Hall Temporarily Closed
Contact: Jennie Albrinck, 605-433-5240
Contact: Julie Johndreau, 605-433-5242
BADLANDS NATIONAL PARK, Interior, S.D. - Due to a power outage from a recent storm, the exhibit hall at the Ben Reifel Visitor Center at Badlands National Park is temporarily closed. The visitor center remains open. The park movie, information desk, and Badlands Natural History Association Bookstore are still open and operating. As soon as power is restored and lights are back on in the exhibit hall it will be re-opened. For updates on exhibit hall opening, call 605-433-5240 or 605-433-5242.
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.