• Badlands formations against the blue sky; photo by Rikk Flohr


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    Construction crews are replacing the parking lot in front of the visitor center. Please follow the signs, park in the side lot, and use the side doors. The Ben Reifel Visitor Center remains open every day from 8 am to 4 pm.

Road Work Scheduled Along the Badlands Loop Road (Hwy 240)

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Date: May 4, 2012
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?

Painting of a mosasaur

During the Age of Dinosaurs, a warm, shallow sea covered the Great Plains, including what is now Badlands. Since dinosaurs were land creatures, no fossils of these animals have been found in the park. Giant marine lizards called mosasaurs swam in the ancient sea, along with sea turtles and fish.