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

    Badlands

    National Park South Dakota

Paleontology Lab

Saber tooth cat skull
In May 2010, a seven year girl named Kylie found a fossil near the visitor center at Badlands National Park. She did the right thing. She reported her find to rangers. It turned out to be an exceptionally rare and well-preserved saber tooth cat fossil. A survey of the area led to the discovery of additional fossil material. The area is now known as the Saber Site.  Fossils from this and other sites around the park are prepared in the Paleontology Lab in the Ben Reifel Visitor Center.
 

Paleontology Lab Opens May 27, 2014

The Fossil Preparation Lab will be open from 9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. daily from May 27 - September 20, 2014. Located in the Ben Reifel Visitor Center, this working paleontological laboratory gives visitors the chance to watch paleontologists at work and learn more about the scientific discoveries being made.

 

Did You Know?

Hikers in the Badlands Wilderness Area

Badlands National Park maintains an open backcountry policy for exploration of its rugged landscape. While the park has no formal backcountry permit or reservation system, hikers are advised to stop at the Ben Reifel Visitor Center for planning assistance, safety tips, directions, and regulations.