December 10 Road Closure Near Visitor Center
December 10: Badlands Loop Road (Highway 240) will be temporarily closed at Cedar Pass for emergency repair work. The closure is expected to be in place for two to three weeks, weather dependent. An alternate route to access Interstate 90 will be posted. More »
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?
Early motorists along the Badlands Loop Road traveled through tunnels carved into the formations. Since the road’s layout defied engineering logic by being based on scenery rather than stability, the road is constantly shifting. Though the tunnels are long gone, the sense of adventure remains.