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Map of TRNP South Unit road closure.
The South Unit scenic loop is 36 miles. With an indefinite road closure of four miles (red line), the scenic loop is now 24 miles out and 24 miles back; 48 miles total. To navigate the closure; turn left at intersection towards Wind Canyon, turn right after Wind Canyon to continue on park road until Badlands Overlook, and then turn around. Large vehicle turn around and trailer parking areas located at Skyline Vista, Peaceful Valley, and Wind Canyon. Last large vehicle turn around at Buck Hill.

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East of the parking area for Upper Jones Creek Trail a coal seam is burning. Park staff determined that this fire had the potential to burn under and damage the road and decided to take preventative action. As the coal seam is approximately 13 feet thick, this necessitated a trench that is almost 25 feet deep in places. To protect visitors and park wildlife, a fence was then installed around the outside of this trench. The park asks that visitors respect this boundary for their own safety.


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Last updated: June 17, 2021

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