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.
Public Service Announcement
Contact: Dr. Paige Baker
Contact: Julie Johndreau, (605) 433-5242
The National Park Service (NPS) Badlands National Park is seeking public comments on its Prairie Dog Management Plan and Environmental Assessment (Plan/EA). The NPS objective for the plan is to ensure the black-tailed prairie dog population remains a viable and key factor in the park ecosystem, while providing strategies for controlling prairie dog expansion to private lands along the park boundary. Approximately 140,000 acres of the park’s 244,000 acres are located within the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation and cooperatively managed with the Oglala Sioux Tribe. Because the Tribe and BIA address grazing and prairie dog issues on that part of the park (South Unit), the proposed plan will address prairie dog management only on the 100,000-acre North Unit. The Plan/EA (6.42 MB PDF) will be distributed to the public and made available on the Badlands NP website on August 6, 2007 for a 30-day review period.
The NPS will be conducting two public meetings on the Plan/EA to give the public an opportunity to discuss and comment on the Plan/EA and its findings. The meetings will be held on Wednesday, August 22, 2007 at the Community Center in Wall, SD from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM and on Thursday, August 23, 2007 in the Badlands Room, Best Western Ramkota Hotel and Conference Center in Rapid City from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM. Refreshments will be provided. If you cannot attend either meeting or wish to submit comments, or request to receive a copy of the environmental assessment, you may write to: Dr. Paige Baker, Superintendent, Badlands National Park, Interior, SD 57750; e-mail comments; or call Julie Johndreau at (605) 433-5242. Please submit your comments by September 7, 2007 so that they may be given full consideration.
Did You Know?
To the Lakota, this harsh and desolate landscape was known as "mako sica," meaning “land bad." Early French trappers similarly described the area as “bad lands to travel across." Today, geologists consider all the places in the world with similar topography and formation badlands.