December 17 Road Closure Near Visitor Center
December 17: 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 »
Spring 2012 Prescribed Burn Planned for Badlands
Contact: Julie Johndreau, 605-433-5242
BADLANDS NATIONAL PARK, Interior, S.D. - Fire crews from Badlands National Park and the Northern Great Plains Fire Office are preparing for a 500-acre burn that is expected to take place Friday, April 13. The burn location is west of the Pinnacles Entrance, between the Badlands Loop Road (Highway 240) and the Sage Creek Rim Road. If conditions are favorable, sections along the Badlands Loop Road (Highway 240) from mile marker 13 to 21 will also be burned. The goal of these burns is to restore the natural process of fire to the prairie ecosystem, to reduce the build-up of dead and dried fuels, and to reduce non-native grass species.
Did You Know?
The former Pig Dig was discovered in June 1993 when two visitors from Iowa discovered a large backbone protruding from the ground near the Conata Picnic Area. Originally thought to be a 4-day excavation, field work continued for over a decade, yielding more than 10,000 fossilized bones for study.