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

    Badlands

    National Park South Dakota

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?

Sandstone caprock balanced atop eroding sediments, an example of a toadstool or hoodoo

The badlands are some of the fastest eroding landscapes on earth with erosion rates averaging 1” per year in their fragile layers. However, in areas where sandstone is found, the erosion rate may be 1” in 500 years. Often, toadstools form when surrounding sediments erode beneath a sandstone caprock.