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

    Badlands

    National Park South Dakota

Upcoming Fee Free Weekends at Badlands

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Date: June 15, 2009
Contact: Judy Olson, (605) 433-5240

 

BADLANDS NATIONAL PARK, Interior, S.D. — Badlands National Park will offer three fee-free weekends this summer. Fee free weekends are June 20-21, July 18-19, and August 15-16.

Visitors are encouraged to enjoy the park during one of these fee free weekends. Entrance fees are normally $15 dollars per vehicle. "This is a great opportunity for people to reconnect with their national parks," said director of resource education Judy Olson. "Badlands National Park offers many wonderful recreational opportunities for families."

The Ben Reifel Visitor Center is open daily from 7 am to 7 pm. Ranger programs including the Geology Walk, Fossil Talk, Junior Ranger Program, Prairie Walk, and Night Sky or Evening Program are offered daily. Children ages 5-12 can complete a Junior Ranger activity book and earn a badge.

Did You Know?

Bison herd in the Badlands Wilderness Area

25% of Badlands National Park is a designated wilderness area. Established in 1976, the Badlands Wilderness Area consists of 64,144 acres of the largest prairie wilderness in the United States. Administered in two units, Sage Creek and Conata Basin, the area is open for backpacking and exploration.