Free Entry to Badlands & Minuteman Missile on Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday
Contact: Jennie Kish Albrinck, 605-433-5240
Contact: Julie Johndreau, 605-433-5242
BADLANDS NATIONAL PARK / MINUTEMAN MISSILE NATIONAL HISTORIC SITE, S.D. -
Badlands National Park will join national park units around the country in offering fee-free entry for the upcoming holiday weekend. Entrance fees will be waived for all visitors who arrive in the park on Monday, January 21. Visitors who enter (or re-enter) the park before or after January 21 will be charged the regular entrance fee.
Minuteman Missile National Historic Site is not a fee park, and welcomes visitors to tour the missile silos and learn about the story of the Cold War.
The Ben Reifel Visitor Center in Badlands National Park is open from 8:00 - 4:00 daily. Enjoy a hike on one of the park's many beautiful trails. The Visitor Center at neighboring Minuteman Missile National Historic Site is open daily from 8:00 - 4:30 Monday through Friday, and 9:00 - 4:00 Saturday and Sunday. Tours of its Delta-1 Launch Control Center are offered at 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. each day. Tour tickets are given out on a first come, first served basis by coming to the Visitor Center, located in Cactus Flat, south of I-90 at Exit 131.
Park visitors are reminded that the fee-free designation in National Parks applies to entrance fees only and does not affect fees for camping, reservations, tours, or use of concessions where applicable. Park entrance stations will have park passes such as Interagency Senior, Annual, and Access Passes, as well as Active Military Passes, available for those who wish to acquire them.
This year, additional Badlands fee-free days will occur during National Parks Week (April 22-26), on the National Park Service's Birthday (August 25), on National Public Lands Day (September 28), and over Veterans Day Weekend (November 9-11).
For more information, see the Badlands National Park website and the Minuteman Missile National Historic Site website. Follow us on Twitter @BadlandsEdu, @Badlands_Ranger and @MIMI_Ranger; or on Facebook at BadlandsNPS or MinutemanMissileNHS.
Did You Know?
During the Age of Dinosaurs, a warm, shallow sea covered the Great Plains, including what is now Badlands. Since dinosaurs were land creatures, no fossils of these animals have been found in the park. Giant marine lizards called mosasaurs swam in the ancient sea, along with sea turtles and fish.