Visitor Center Open / Road Construction
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.
Interagency Response to Injured Hiker at Badlands
Contact: Jennie Kish Albrinck, 605-441-3903
Contact: Aaron Kaye, 605-433-5243
BADLANDS NATIONAL PARK, Interior, S.D. - Park Rangers received a 911 call at approximately 7:15 p.m., reporting a 35-year old Pine Ridge, SD man had fallen down a steep ravine from the Cliff Shelf Trail in Badlands National Park.
Interior Volunteer Fire Department arrived first on scene where they discovered the patient lying off trail, approximately 40-feet down a steep ravine. He was conscious and complaining of shoulder and back pain. Responders used a vertical raise to lift the man up to the trail. All agencies involved used extreme caution to protect the injured party and themselves during this difficult rescue effort. Darkness, rough terrain, and recent heavy rains added to the complexity of the incident.
Responding agencies included Interior Volunteer Fire Department, Kadoka and Wall Ambulance companies, Jackson County Sheriff's Department, Pennington County Search and Rescue, Rapid City Regional Medical Center Black Hills Life Flight, and the National Park Service.
Did You Know?
Available water in the badlands is always loaded with sediment. Cloudy and milky white in appearance, the water contains particles that carry a slight charge of electricity. The particles repel each other, instead of settling to the bottom. Early visitors found the water unsuitable for drinking.