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 Hours at Badlands National Park
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?
During the Age of Dinosaurs, a warm, shallow sea covered the Great Plains, including what is now Badlands. Since dinosaurs were land creatures, no fossils of these animals have been found in the park. Giant marine lizards called mosasaurs swam in the ancient sea, along with sea turtles and fish.