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


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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.

Exhibit Hall Temporarily Closed

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Date: August 4, 2011
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.

The Ben Reifel Visitor Center summer hours are from 7 am to 7 pm. For more information on planning a trip, see www.nps.gov/badl .


Did You Know?

Early motorist meanders through the Upper Tunnel

Early motorists along the Badlands Loop Road traveled through tunnels carved into the formations. Since the road’s layout defied engineering logic by being based on scenery rather than stability, the road is constantly shifting. Though the tunnels are long gone, the sense of adventure remains.