Road Work Scheduled Along the Badlands Loop Road (Hwy 240)
Contact: Jennie Albrinck, 605-433-5240
Contact: Wolf Schwarz, 605-433-5270
BADLANDS NATIONAL PARK, Interior, S.D. - 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. During this time period, a detour routed through the town of Interior, SD will be in effect Monday Tuesday and Wednesday of each week. Barring unforeseen circumstances, traffic will return to the normal route Thursdays through Sundays. All overlooks and parking areas, including the Saddle Pass Trailhead, will remain open.
Detour Route : The detour will route traffic through the town of Interior on Highway 377 and the Old Interior road (gravel). Detour routes will be clearly marked.
Did You Know?
The badlands are some of the fastest eroding landscapes on earth with erosion rates averaging 1” per year in their fragile layers. However, in areas where sandstone is found, the erosion rate may be 1” in 500 years. Often, toadstools form when surrounding sediments erode beneath a sandstone caprock.