• Badlands formations against the blue sky; photo by Rikk Flohr

    Badlands

    National Park South Dakota

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  • 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 Hours at Badlands National Park

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Date: April 17, 2009
Contact: Judy Olson, (605) 433-5240

Dr. Paige Baker, Superintendent, has announced that the spring schedule for Badlands National Park will begin Sunday, April 19, 2009, with the Ben Reifel Visitor Center extending its hours to 8 am - 5 pm daily. Beginning April 18, 2009, the Cedar Pass Lodge will be open from 8 am - 4 pm. The White River Visitor Center will open for the summer season beginning Memorial Day.

Superintendent Baker states "All roads in the park are open and the spring months are a great time to view wildlife in Badlands National Park". School groups are welcome to visit the park and utilize the Ben Reifel Visitor Center for school activities. Ranger programs are scheduled to begin in early June.

For more information, call the Ben Reifel Visitor Center at 605-433-5241.

Did You Know?

Scientist uncovers fossils at the Pig Dig

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.