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 »
Prescribed Burn Planned for Badlands
Contact: Jennie Albrinck, 605-433-5240
BADLANDS NATIONAL PARK, Interior, S.D. - 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 9th. The burn location is south of the Badlands Loop Road (Highway 240) from approximately the White River Valley Overlook to the Prairie Winds Overlook. The goal of the burn is to restore the natural process of fire to the prairie ecosystem and to reduce the build-up of dead and dried fuels.
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.