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


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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.

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In 2014, interpretive programs will be offered from May 25 - August 23. View the Schedule of Ranger-led Interpretive Programs (100 KB pdf).


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  • Standing Witness, site: Sage Creek

    Monday, September 1, 2014

    Art at play through moving drawings that explore terrain: a projection on location More

Did You Know?

Painting of a mosasaur

During the Age of Dinosaurs, a warm, shallow sea covered the Great Plains, including what is now Badlands. Since dinosaurs were land creatures, no fossils of these animals have been found in the park. Giant marine lizards called mosasaurs swam in the ancient sea, along with sea turtles and fish.