Visitor Center Closures Announced for Badlands NP
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.
Did You Know?
To the Lakota, this harsh and desolate landscape was known as "mako sica," meaning “land bad." Early French trappers similarly described the area as “bad lands to travel across." Today, geologists consider all the places in the world with similar topography and formation badlands.