Visitor Center Open / Road Construction
The Ben Reifel Visitor Center is open daily from 8 am to 7 pm. The front parking lot is under construction. Please follow the signs, park in the side lot, and use the side doors. Expect 10 - 15 minute road construction delays along Hwy 240 Loop Road.
South Unit General Management Plan, Record of Decision Signed
Contact: Eric Brunnemann, 605-433-5281
BADLANDS NATIONAL PARK, INTERIOR, S.D. - On Saturday, June 2 the Record of Decision (ROD) for the South Unit General Management Plan, Badlands National Park, was signed by Pine Ridge IndianReservation President John Yellow Bird Steele and Badlands National Park Superintendent Eric Brunnemann. The document was then sent to National Park Service (NPS) Midwest Regional Director Mike Reynolds in Omaha, Nebraska, who today concluded the six year process of public involvement in the South Unit General Management Plan (GMP)/Environmental Impact Statement (EIS), by adding his signature as the approving official. Referring to taking the next step and implementing the GMP/EIS's Preferred Alternative, Reynolds stated, "I look forward to working with all of you to create a lasting vision and a tribal national park with programs that match the incredible resources and amazing people of the Badlands and the Oglala Sioux Tribe."
Did You Know?
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.