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

    Badlands

    National Park South Dakota

Holiday Visitor Center Closures Announced for Badlands NP

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Date: December 15, 2011
Contact: Julie Johndreau, 605-433-5242

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 Sunday, December 25 and Sunday, 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 regular 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.