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

    Badlands

    National Park South Dakota

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    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

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Date: July 15, 2009
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?

The white water of Sage Creek

Available water in the badlands is always loaded with sediment. Cloudy and milky white in appearance, the water contains particles that carry a slight charge of electricity. The particles repel each other, instead of settling to the bottom. Early visitors found the water unsuitable for drinking.