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

    Badlands

    National Park South Dakota

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?

The rich hue of the Yellow Mounds paleosols

The yellow and red layers in the badlands formations are fossilized soils, called paleosols. Fossil root traces, burrows, and animal bones found within the soils provide scientists with evidence of environmental and climatic changes that occurred in the badlands over time.