• 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.

Free Entry to Badlands on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

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Date: January 17, 2014

BADLANDS NATIONAL PARK, INTERIOR, S.D. - Badlands National Park will join national park units around the country in offering fee-free entry on Monday, January 20.  You are invited to visit the park and enjoy the stunning winter scenery.

The Ben Reifel Visitor Center is open daily from 8:00-4:00.  Exhibits and a park film are available.  Enjoy a hike on one of the park's many beautiful trails or take a scenic drive along the Badlands Loop Road.

Additional Badlands fee-free days in 2014:
February 15-17 - Presidents' Day Weekend
April 19-20 - First Weekend of National Parks Week
August 25 - National Park Service Birthday
September 27 - National Public Lands Day
November 11 - Veterans Day

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.

Did You Know?

Ben Reifel speaking at the Cedar Pass Campground Amphitheater - 1971

The Ben Reifel Visitor Center was named after Ben Reifel, the first congressman from the Sioux Nation, who served 5 terms. Afterwards, he served as consultant and Special Assistant for Indian Programs to the Director of the National Park Service. Badlands was his favorite national park.