December 10 Road Closure Near Visitor Center
December 10: Badlands Loop Road (Highway 240) will be temporarily closed at Cedar Pass for emergency repair work. The closure is expected to be in place for two to three weeks, weather dependent. An alternate route to access Interstate 90 will be posted. More »
Researchers Study Badlands Erosion Rates
Contact: Julie Johndreau, 605-433-5242
BADLANDS NATIONAL PARK, Interior, S.D. — Researchers have begun a three year study that aims to answer the question, “How fast are the Badlands eroding?” For over a hundred years, the answer to that question has been about one inch per year. Park paleontologist Rachel Benton and South Dakota School of Mines professor Larry D. Stetler have devised a research project that will provide park managers and visitors with a much better answer to that question.
Did You Know?
Early motorists along the Badlands Loop Road traveled through tunnels carved into the formations. Since the road’s layout defied engineering logic by being based on scenery rather than stability, the road is constantly shifting. Though the tunnels are long gone, the sense of adventure remains.