• 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.

Visitor Center Closures Announced for Badlands NP

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Date: November 24, 2010
Contact: Aaron Kaye, 605-433-5243

BADLANDS NATIONAL PARK, Interior, S.D. — Superintendent Eric Brunnemann has announced that the Ben Reifel Visitor Center at Badlands National Park will be closed on Wednesday, December 1. All power to the building will be shut off while crews complete electrical maintenance. No park entrance fees will be charged during the closure.

The Ben Reifel Visitor Center will also be closed on Thursday, November 25; Saturday, December 25; and Saturday, January 1. The Badlands Loop Road (Hwy 240) will remain open during all visitor center closures.

The Ben Reifel Visitor Center winter hours are from 8 am to 4 pm. Visitors are welcome to stop by to view the park movie and browse for gifts at the Badlands Natural History Association bookstore on any days other than listed above in the closure notification.


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Did You Know?

From a 1950 postcard, a black and white photo of the rugged badlands formations

The 1928 bill originally proposing a park in the South Dakota badlands used the name -Teton National Park - in the hopes of avoiding the negative-sounding name of Badlands. Teton was a title later applied to Grand Teton National Park.