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

    Badlands

    National Park South Dakota

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.


-NPS-

Did You Know?

The rich hue of the Yellow Mounds paleosols

The yellow and red layers in the badlands formations are fossilized soils, called paleosols. Fossil root traces, burrows, and animal bones found within the soils provide scientists with evidence of environmental and climatic changes that occurred in the badlands over time.