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    Construction crews are replacing the parking lot in front of the visitor center. Please follow the signs, park in the side lot, and use the side doors. The Ben Reifel Visitor Center remains open every day from 8 am to 4 pm.

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?

Bison herd in the Badlands Wilderness Area

25% of Badlands National Park is a designated wilderness area. Established in 1976, the Badlands Wilderness Area consists of 64,144 acres of the largest prairie wilderness in the United States. Administered in two units, Sage Creek and Conata Basin, the area is open for backpacking and exploration.