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 Rattlesnake Bite
Contact: Julie Johndreau, 605-433-5242
Park rangers received a 911 call at approximately 6:35 pm on Friday, June 14, reporting that a fourteen year old girl had suffered a rattlesnake bite at the junction of Saddle Pass and Castle Trails.
Park rangers, Interior Volunteer Fire Department, and Rapid City Fire Department responded to the call. When rangers arrived on scene, they found that another park visitor, who was a qualified emergency medical technician (EMT) and first responder, had carried the girl down the Saddle Pass Trail toward the parking lot. The closest anti-venom treatment was available at Philip Hospital, so the patient was transported there by Kadoka Ambulance Service. Life flight was on stand-by, but not needed.
Visitors are reminded to be cautious of the venomous prairie rattlesnake when exploring Badlands National Park. Always wear sturdy boots and long pants. The best treatment for snake bites is to seek immediate medical attention.
The patient received anti-venom treatment at the hospital and is expected to be released soon.
Did You Know?
The Cedar Pass Lodge dates back to 1928 when Ben Millard and his sister Clara opened the Cedar Pass Camp to provide services to tourists braving the area's dusty, undeveloped roads. The Camp once consisted of a grocery store, gas station, dance hall, and cabins. It remains an oasis for travelers.