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 »
Picture Perfect Prescribed Burn Completed
Contact: Julie Johndreau, 605-433-5242
Contact: Brian Kenner, 605-433-5260
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. The burn location was west of the Pinnacles Entrance, between the Badlands Loop Road (Highway 240) and the Sage Creek Rim Road. Fire is native to the prairie ecosystem, and part of a healthy landscape.The goal of the burn was to restore Grassland habitat by reducing accumulated vegetation and non-native grass species.
Did You Know?
The former Pig Dig was discovered in June 1993 when two visitors from Iowa discovered a large backbone protruding from the ground near the Conata Picnic Area. Originally thought to be a 4-day excavation, field work continued for over a decade, yielding more than 10,000 fossilized bones for study.