December 17 Road Closure Near Visitor Center
December 17: Badlands Loop Road (Highway 240) will be temporarily closed at Cedar Pass for emergency repair work. The closure is expected to be in place for two to three weeks, weather dependent. An alternate route to access Interstate 90 will be posted. More »
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?
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.