Visitor Center Open / Road Construction
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.
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?
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.