Visitor Center Open / Road Construction
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.
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?
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.