• 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.

Holiday Closures Announced for Visitor Center at Badlands National Park

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Date: December 17, 2007
Contact: Judy Olson, (605) 433-5240

(Interior, S.D.) – Superintendent Dr. Paige Baker has announced that the Ben Reifel Visitor Center at Badlands National Park will be closed on Monday, December 24 and Tuesday, December 25, 2007. The visitor center will also be closed on Tuesday, January 1, 2008. The Badlands Loop Road (Highway 240) will remain open through the holiday season.

The Ben Reifel Visitor Center winter hours are from 9 am to 4 pm. Visitors are welcome to stop in to view the park movie and browse for gifts at the Badlands Natural History Association bookstore on any days other than listed above in the closure notification.

Did You Know?

The rugged badlands topography

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.