June 15, 2013
Interagency Response to Rattlesnake Bite
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.
March 29, 2013
Badlands Welcomes Spring Artist in Residence
The Artist in Residence (AIR) program at Badlands National Park is pleased to announce the selection of watercolor painter Judy Thompson for its spring 2013 residency. Chosen from a pool of more than 30 applicants, Thompson will have the opportunity to immerse herself in and be inspired by the park’s unique resources during her stay.
March 18, 2013
Second Annual Badlands Youth Camp Fosters Cultural Exchange
During the week of March 17, students from three schools—Wall High School in Wall, S.D., Red Cloud Indian School in Pine Ridge, S.D., and The Calhoun School in New York City—will participate in a youth camp at Badlands National Park. Students will experience the great outdoors together while hiking, camping out, and participating in activities facilitated by park rangers, park scientists and teachers.
March 05, 2013
Badlands to Cut Visitor Services
Badlands National Park will make a 5% across-the-board cut in its operating budget due to sequestration, an action that will impact visitor services.
February 06, 2013
Wisconsin Man Sentenced for Unlawful Taking of Wildlife
On November 15, 2010 Keith Jorgenson of Green Bay, Wisconsin, illegally shot and killed a mule deer buck in Pennington County, South Dakota. This started an investigation which uncovered how Joseph Wilmet, also of Green Bay, shot, killed, and butchered a large bull bison in Badlands National Park.
January 18, 2013
Free Entry to Badlands & Minuteman Missile on Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday
Badlands National Park will join national park units around the country in offering fee-free entry for the upcoming holiday weekend. Entrance fees will be waived for all visitors who arrive in the park on
Monday, January 21. Visitors who enter (or re-enter) the park before or after January 21 will be charged the regular entrance fee.
November 09, 2012
Badlands and Minuteman Missile Commemorate Veterans Day with Fee Free Weekend
Badlands National Park and Minuteman Missile National Historic Site are two of the 398 units in the national park system that gives thanks this Veterans Day weekend to the men and women who have defended our freedom through military service. Badlands, a fee park, will join other national park fee locations and offer a fee-free weekend from Saturday, November 10, 2012 through Monday, November 12, 2012.
September 24, 2012
Badlands National Park and Friends Group to Host “Badlands Bash”
Badlands National Park will partner with Friends of the Badlands to host a community event at Main Street Square in Rapid City, from 1:00 PM – 7:00 PM, on Sunday September 30, 2012. This “Badlands Bash” will bring awareness about the park and the Friends of the Badlands organization to our Rapid City neighbors.
September 18, 2012
Celebrate National Public Lands Day with Fee Free Entry
Badlands National Park will be joining national park units across the country in celebrating National Public Lands Day (NPLD) with fee free entry into the park.
August 07, 2012
Badlands Selected as 2012 National Park Foundation America's Best Idea Grant Recipient
Badlands has been selected as one of 49 national parks participating in the 2012 America’s Best Idea program sponsored by the National Park Foundation, the official charity of America’s national parks. Inspired by the critically-acclaimed Ken Burns documentary The National Parks: America’s Best Idea, the America’s Best Idea grant program funds park projects designed to connect diverse, under-engaged populations throughout the United States with their national parks in innovative and meaningful ways.
July 23, 2012
Badlands to Host Astronomy Festival
Badlands National will hold its first Badlands Astronomy Festival, August 17th-19th in conjunction with the South Dakota Space Grant Consortium’s annual Space Days 2012. All events will be in the area around the Ben Reifel Visitor Center. Activities will focus on the night sky as a resource of the park.
July 21, 2012
Additional Fire Restrictions in Place
We welcome visitors to enjoy their national parks and public lands this summer – but please do so with caution. Due to excessive heat, drier than normal conditions, and high fire danger, we encourage you to read the following precautions:
July 11, 2012
Badlands to Host Heritage Celebration
Badlands National will hold the 4th Annual Heritage Celebration, July 20-22. The celebration’s events will focus on traditional Native American songs, dances, and crafts, and are included in the park admission fee.
July 03, 2012
Enjoy a Safe Holiday
We welcome visitors to enjoy their national parks and public lands this Fourth of July. Due to excessive heat, drier than normal conditions, and high fire danger, we encourage you to read the following tips.
June 07, 2012
Injured Hiker Rescued at Badlands
Park Rangers received a 911 call from two European visitors at approximately 10:30 AM today reporting an injured hiker on the Notch Trail.
June 07, 2012
South Unit General Management Plan, Record of Decision Signed
On Saturday, June 2 the Record of Decision (ROD) for the South Unit General Management Plan, Badlands National Park, was signed by Pine Ridge Indian Reservation President John Yellow Bird Steele and Badlands National Park Superintendent Eric Brunnemann.
June 04, 2012
The Saber Site and Fossil Prep Lab Open at Badlands
Today, June 4, 2012 marks the grand opening of the Saber Site and fossil prep lab at Badlands National Park.
June 01, 2012
Badlands National Park Begins Summer Season
Sunday, May 27th marked the beginning of summer ranger programs at Badlands National Park.
May 16, 2012
Thanking America’s Armed Forces: Active Duty U.S. Military Offered Free Entrance to All National Parks
To show our appreciation for those who serve in the U.S. Military, on May 19 – Armed Forces Day – the National Park Service will begin issuing an annual pass offering free entrance to all 397 national parks for active duty military members and their dependents.
May 04, 2012
Road Work Scheduled Along the Badlands Loop Road (Hwy 240)
A one mile detour to replace culverts along the Badlands Loop Road (Highway 240) will begin Monday May 7 and will last up to three weeks.
April 26, 2012
General Management Plan for South Unit Nears Completion
Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar and National Park Service Director Jon Jarvis today announced the release of the final General Management Plan (GMP)/Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the South Unit of Badlands National Park, recommending the establishment of the nation’s first tribal national park in partnership with the Oglala Sioux Tribe (OST).
April 24, 2012
Picture Perfect Prescribed Burn Completed
Professional fire crews from Badlands National Park and the Northern Great Plains Fire Office successfully completed the park’s first prescribed fire of the spring: a 560-acre burn on Tuesday, April 24.
April 20, 2012
Badlands and Minuteman Missile Celebrate National Park Week
On Saturday, April 21, 2012, Badlands National Park and Minuteman Missile National Historic Site will kick off National Park Week and celebrate the 42nd anniversary of Earth Day. Badlands, a fee park, will join other national park fee locations and offer a fee-free week from April 21-29.
April 06, 2012
Spring 2012 Prescribed Burn Planned for Badlands
Fire crews from Badlands National Park and the Northern Great Plains Fire Office are preparing for a 500-acre burn that is expected to take place Friday, April 13.
March 13, 2012
Multi-Agency Response to Fire
Fire crews from Badlands National Park, the Interior Fire Department, the Wall Fire Department and the U.S. Forest Service responded to a report of a fire on private land approximately 4 miles south of the park today.
March 13, 2012
Badlands Artists Partner with Emerging Youth Camp
The Artist in Residence (AIR) program at Badlands National Park is pleased to announce the selection of photographer Steven Donley and watercolor painter Jessica Bryant for its spring 2012 residencies.
February 29, 2012
Badlands National Park = Visitors, Money and Jobs
A new National Park Service (NPS) report shows the 977,778 visitors who visited and enjoyed Badlands National Park in 2010 spent $23 million in the park and surrounding communities.
February 24, 2012
160 Acre Land Purchase Completed at Badlands National Park
Badlands National Park has completed the purchase of 160 acres of private land located in Conata Basin.
January 06, 2012
Badlands NP Announces Seasonal Job Opportunities
Badlands National Park is looking for candidates who are interested in working at a national park during the summer of 2012. There are many different positions available in Fee Collection, Resource Management, Maintenance, and Resource Education and Interpretation.
December 15, 2011
Holiday Visitor Center Closures Announced for Badlands NP
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.
October 11, 2011
Local Partners to Celebrate National Fossil Day
Badlands National Park, South Dakota School of Mines and Technology (SDSMT) and Rapid City Regional Hospital (RCRH) will celebrate Kylie’s discovery, and its subsequent journey through 21st century technology on National Fossil Day, Wednesday, October 12, at 10:30 A.M. in the Center for Advanced Materials Processing Lab on the SDSMT campus.
September 16, 2011
Badlands Ferret Festival
Badlands National Park will commemorate the rediscovery of black-footed ferrets in the wild with a Ferret Festival from September 24-26, 2011.
September 08, 2011
Prescribed Burn Planned for Badlands
Fire crews from Badlands National Park and the Northern Great Plains Fire Office are preparing for a planned 2,237-acre burn that is expected to take place Friday, September 9.
August 05, 2011
Exhibit Hall Reopened
Power has been restored to the exhibit hall at the Ben Reifel Visitor Center at Badlands National Park.
August 04, 2011
Exhibit Hall Temporarily Closed
Due to a power outage from a recent storm, the exhibit hall at the Ben Reifel Visitor Center at Badlands National Park is temporarily closed.
July 18, 2011
Badlands Art Celebrated at The Dahl
The staff at Badlands National Park, and the students and teachers from the Interior School invite you to celebrate art at a special exhibition at The Dahl in Rapid City.
July 11, 2011
Badlands Heritage Celebration
Badlands National Park’s Division of Resource Education will hold the 3nd Annual Heritage Celebration on Saturday, July 23, 2011, from 9:00am to approximately 11:00pm.
June 21, 2011
Junior Rangers Connect Through Video Conference
Junior rangers from Independence National Historical Park and the Edgar Allan Poe National Historic Site in Philadelphia, PA, and Badlands National Park in SD recently connected through a video conference program.
June 14, 2011
Badlands Offers Full Moon Hike
On Thursday June 16 th, join Badlands rangers for a moonlit hike across the prairie and into the scenic rock formations. See the Badlands like never before – under moonlight.
June 01, 2011
Badlands National Park Awarded Park Stewards Grant
The National Park Foundation announced today that it is proud to award Badlands National Park a grant to support the launch of Ecological Explorations its new innovative project that involves high school students and teachers in data collection and analysis.
April 01, 2011
Entrance Stations Welcome Visitors to Badlands National Park
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March 23, 2011
Leadership Team Welcomes Two New Division Chiefs at Badlands
Superintendent Brunnemann welcomed Casey Osback, Chief of Visitor Protection and Jennie Kish Albrinck, Chief of Interpretation and Education as they joined the management team at Badlands this winter.
March 23, 2011
Badlands National Park: This week's National Park Getaway
This week’s National Park Getaway was once considered a “bad land” by early settlers intent on farming. To present-day residents, visitors, and even wildlife, Badlands National Park is a place of beauty, serenity and refuge.
February 15, 2011
Artist in Residence Online Exhibit Launched
An Artist in Residence online exhibit is now available to view on Badlands National Park’s website.
January 27, 2011
Saber Tooth Cat Fossil Undergoes CT Scan
A 33 million year old saber tooth cat fossil met state-of-the-art 21st century technology at Rapid City Regional Hospital (RCRH) today. Badlands National Park, in partnership with RCRH, completed a CT scan of the well preserved skull.
December 15, 2010
Holiday Visitor Center Closures Announced for Badlands National Park
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.
November 24, 2010
Visitor Center Closures Announced for Badlands NP
Superintendent Eric Brunnemann has
announced that the Ben Reifel Visitor Center at Badlands National Park will be closed on Wednesday, December 1.
November 18, 2010
New Alternative Energy System at Badlands National Park
A new alternative energy system will
become operational at Badlands National Park on November 19th.
August 31, 2010
Fall Prescribed Burn Planned
Fire crews from Badlands National Park and the Northern Great Plains Fire Office are preparing for a planned 2,213-acre burn that is expected to take place sometime between September 7 and mid-October.
August 10, 2010
Researchers Study Badlands Erosion Rates
Researchers have begun a three year study that aims to answer the question, “How fast are the Badlands eroding?”
August 03, 2010
Aerial Spraying at Badlands National Park Complete
Aerial herbicide application for management of invasive weeds is complete for 2010.
July 22, 2010
Badlands Heritage Celebration
Badlands National Park’s Division of Resource Education will hold the 2nd Annual Heritage Celebration on Saturday, July 31, 2010, from 9:30am to approximately 11:00pm.
July 19, 2010
Eric J. Brunnemann named Superintendent for Badlands National Park
Eric J. Brunnemann, currently Superintendent at Pinnacles National Monument (NM), Paicines, Calif., has been named the new Superintendent of Badlands National Park, Interior, S.D.
June 29, 2010
Junior Ranger Discovers Important Saber Tooth Cat Fossil
On May 30th, seven year old Kylie Ferguson discovered some fossils while participating in a junior ranger program at Badlands National Park.
May 27, 2010
Exotic Plant Management Team Training Held at Badlands
Training for the Northern Great Plains Exotic Plant Management Team was held at Badlands National Park from May 17th through May 20th.
May 14, 2010
Badlands Loop Rd Hwy 240 Road Construction Continues
Road construction to replace culverts and repave the Badlands Loop Road (Hwy 240) is continuing within the park, but has been occasionally delayed by spring weather.
July 15, 2009
Fee Free Weekends Scheduled at Badlands
Enjoy upcoming fee free weekends at Badlands
July 07, 2009
Sylvatic Plague Detected in Badlands National Park
Sylvatic plague detected for the first time in Badlands National Park's wilderness area
July 06, 2009
Summer 2009: Aerial Spraying of Badlands National Park
Aerial spraying scheduled for July to manage Canada Thistle in wilderness areas
June 15, 2009
Upcoming Fee Free Weekends at Badlands
Badlands announces fee free weekends to enjoy the park this summer
June 11, 2009
Bighorn Sheep are Lambing at Badlands National Park
Eleven healthy lambs were born to Badlands' bighorns this spring and more are expected.
June 03, 2009
Badlands Concludes Successful Education Outreach Season
Rangers from Badlands contacted nearly 6,000 students during the 2008-2009 school year.
May 22, 2009
Rockyford School Students Raise Tipi at Badlands
Local students assist the Badlands with tipi set-up
May 19, 2009
Steve Thede Named Badlands Deputy Superintendent
Steve Thede brings 25 years of National Park Service experience to Badlands
May 19, 2009
Astronomy Programs Begin May 29 at Badlands National Park
Visitors provided the opportunity to examine far-off galaxies and nebulas through first-class telescopes
May 01, 2009
Mule Deer Mortality
Wildlife managers are closely monitoring the mule deer population in the park for signs of illness
April 17, 2009
Junior Ranger Day at Badlands National Park
Children ages 5 to 12 can earn a Junior Ranger badge, patch, pin, and certificate at Badlands National Park on Junior Ranger Day, April 25, 2009.
April 17, 2009
Spring Hours at Badlands National Park
During the weekend of April 18, the Cedar Pass Lodge opens for the season and the Ben Reifel Visitor Center hours of operation get extended
March 30, 2009
National Park Service Addresses First Graduates of the Plus50 Program
National Park Service addressed the first graduating class of the Plus50 Program, an educational program offered at Western Dakota Technical Institute
March 04, 2009
Operation Dakota Peacekeeper Rangers Receive Awards
Law enforcement rangers awarded for their work and dedication to combat crime within Indian country
December 19, 2008
Badlands National Park Announces Federal Holiday Closing
Badlands National Park announces holiday closings
November 14, 2008
Badlands National Park Recognized South Dakota Air National Guard
South Dakota Air National Guard recognized for its assistance with wilderness clean-up project
September 02, 2008
South Dakota Air National Guard Assists Badlands in Wilderness Cleanup
Badlands National Park partners with South Dakota Air National Guard to remove 106,000 pounds of old fencing material from the Badlands Wilderness Area
August 13, 2008
Badlands National Park Late Summer Operating Hours
Park announces changes in hours of operation for park facilities
June 27, 2008
Astronomy Program at Badlands National Park
Visitors encouraged to explore the night skies during a new astronomy program offered at Badlands National Park
June 17, 2008
Aerial Spraying of Badlands National Park
Aerial spraying to control Canada thistle will begin Monday, June 23
May 30, 2008
Badlands National Park Awarded Junior Ranger Ambassador Grant
Badlands receives grant to enhance its Junior Ranger Program
March 13, 2008
National Park Service Schedules Open House Meetings for Badlands National Park South Unit
Badlands National Park schedules open house-style meetings to comment on the South Unit General Management Plan.
December 17, 2007
Holiday Closures Announced for Visitor Center at Badlands National Park
Holiday closures announced for Badlands National Park
November 30, 2007
Badlands Ornament Displayed on the Official White House Christmas Tree
"Holiday in the National Parks" is celebrated at the White House
October 31, 2007
Badlands Bison Roundup
Badlands National Park concludes its annual bison roundup
August 29, 2007
Key to Bighorn Sheep Genetics May Lie in Historic Skulls
Researchers ask for assistance in identifying sources of Audubon's bighorn sheep skulls for DNA analysis
August 28, 2007
Road Construction Scheduled at Badlands National Park
Road construction on Badlands Loop Road will cause delays
August 02, 2007
Public Service Announcement
Badlands National Park is seeking public comments on its Prairie Dog Management Plan and Environmental Assessment (Plan/EA)
July 26, 2007
Public Input Encouraged in Badlands Planning Effort
Public comments and suggestions sought for the South Unit General Management Plan
July 05, 2007
Badlands National Park Fights Invasive Plants
Badlands National Park makes significant progress on the war against weeds
May 07, 2007
Enjoy an Evening of Art in the Badlands
Badlands National Park will host an evening of art with Former Artist in Residence Charlie Lyon
April 23, 2007
Badlands Virtual Experience Now Available
Students and teachers can request a free DVD-ROM copy of this virtual experience
April 17, 2007
Internship Opportunity: Spend the Summer in the Badlands
Spend the summer in Badlands as a summer naturalist intern
March 08, 2007
Badlands National Park Seeks Public Input
Park seeks public input on proposed changes to the park's entrance fee for 2008
March 01, 2007
Announcing Badlands National Park Annual Photo Contest
Enter Badlands National Park's Photo Contest; the winner's photo will be featured on the park's 2008 annual pass
February 09, 2007
President's Fiscal Year 2008 NPS Budget Proposal to Impact Park Operations at Badlands
Increase in operational funding will affect Badlands National Park
February 05, 2007
National Park Service Provides Funding for Rural Fire Assistance
Kadoka Volunteer Fire Department receives funding from the National Park Service in conjunction with Badlands National Park
December 20, 2006
Search for Missing Man Continues at Badlands
Search continues for man missing in Badlands National Park
December 20, 2006
Search for Missing Man Ends
Search for missing man ends in Badlands Wilderness Area
December 05, 2006
Holiday Open House and Bison Presentation
Superintendent Dr. Paige Baker extends invitation to attend a Holiday Open House on Tuesday, December 12.
November 03, 2006
Volunteer "Teamsters" Repair Historic Dam in Badlands National Park
Members of the Sunday Drivers Club will repair historic dam in the Badlands Wilderness Area
October 27, 2006
Another Successful Bison Roundup at Badlands National Park
For the third year in a row, local ranchers and park employees rounded up bison in the Badlands Wilderness Area.
October 10, 2006
New Badlands Films Available for Purchase
New park films are now available for purchase
September 18, 2006
Badlands National Park Lifts Smoking Ban
Superintendent Dr. Paige Baker lifts smoking ban
September 13, 2006
Badlands National Park Preparing Prairie Dog Management Plan and Environmental Assessment
Preparation of Prairie Dog Management Plan and Environmental Assessment is under way
August 30, 2006
Public Input Sought on Environmental Assessment
Public Input Sought on Environmental Assessment for Phases III and IV of the Badlands National Park Loop Road Rehabilitation Project