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    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.

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?

The white water of Sage Creek

Available water in the badlands is always loaded with sediment. Cloudy and milky white in appearance, the water contains particles that carry a slight charge of electricity. The particles repel each other, instead of settling to the bottom. Early visitors found the water unsuitable for drinking.