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Traffic Reduced to One Lane at Cedar Pass

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Date: October 18, 2013
Contact: Julie Johndreau, 605-433-5242

The Badlands Loop Road (Highway 240) has been reduced to one lane traffic at Cedar Pass. This steep section of the road is just north east of the Ben Reifel Visitor Center. All downhill traffic that is traveling towards the visitor center must stop and yield to uphill traffic. Stop signs and other warning signs are in place. Please use caution when traveling through Cedar Pass.

Cedar Pass is part of a historic slump and is undergoing active erosion. Recent snow and rain has added to the problem. The park is investigating long term solutions in partnership with Federal Highways. For now, all traffic must stay to the single inside lane to prevent further erosion and to ensure public safety.

Did You Know?

Historic photo of the Cedar Pass cabins

The Cedar Pass Lodge dates back to 1928 when Ben Millard and his sister Clara opened the Cedar Pass Camp to provide services to tourists braving the area's dusty, undeveloped roads. The Camp once consisted of a grocery store, gas station, dance hall, and cabins. It remains an oasis for travelers.