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.
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?
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.