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.
Fee Free Weekends Scheduled at Badlands
Contact: Judy Olson, (605) 433-5240
BADLANDS NATIONAL PARK, Interior, S.D. — Badlands National Park will offer two more fee-free weekends this summer. These fee-free weekends are 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?
Four species of wildlife have been reintroduced into the Badlands since its establishment as a National Monument in 1939. The black-footed ferret, bighorn sheep, bison, and swift fox, once exterminated from the area's mixed grass prairie, are again thriving in their native habitat.