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.
The Saber Site and Fossil Prep Lab Open at Badlands
Contact: Julie Johndreau, 605-433-5242
BADLANDS NATIONAL PARK, INTERIOR, S.D. - Today, June 4, 2012 marks the grand opening of the Saber Site and fossil prep lab at Badlands National Park. The fossil quarry, located just outside the Ben Reifel Visitor Center, will be staffed by paleontologists and park rangers through the summer. The fossil prep lab will be in the visitor center classroom. Stop by between 9:00 - 4:30 daily to observe science in action and learn more about the discoveries being made.
For more park information see http://www.nps.gov/badl or follow us on
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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.