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

    Badlands

    National Park South Dakota

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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 Visitor Center Closures Announced for Badlands National Park

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Date: December 15, 2010
Contact: Aaron Kaye, 605-433-5243

BADLANDS NATIONAL PARK, Interior, S.D. — Superintendent Eric Brunnemann has announced that the Ben Reifel Visitor Center at Badlands National Park will be closed on Friday, December 24; Saturday, December 25; Friday, December 31; and Saturday, January 1. The Badlands Loop Road (Hwy 240) will remain open during all visitor center closures. No park entrance fees will be charged during these closures.

The Ben Reifel Visitor Center winter hours are from 8 am to 4 pm. Visitors are welcome to stop by 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.


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Did You Know?

The rich hue of the Yellow Mounds paleosols

The yellow and red layers in the badlands formations are fossilized soils, called paleosols. Fossil root traces, burrows, and animal bones found within the soils provide scientists with evidence of environmental and climatic changes that occurred in the badlands over time.