Badlands National Park Facilities

Visitor Centers

Ben Reifel Visitor Center

Hours of Operation

8 a.m. - 5 p.m. (April 18 - May 29)

7 a.m. - 7 p.m. (May 30 - September 11))

8 a.m. - 5 p.m. (September 12 - October 30)

8 a.m. - 4 p.m. (October 31 - Spring 2011)


Thanksgiving, Christmas Day, and New Year's Day


(605) 433-5361


Cedar Pass Badlands Loop Road Hwy 240.

Located at park headquarters, the Ben Reifel Visitor Center reopened in 2006 with new exhibits, a 95-seat, air conditioned theater, a new film, Land of Stone and Light, and improved classroom and restroom facilities.

The Badlands Natural History Association operates a bookstore in the visitor center. Postcards, books, videos, posters, and other educational materials about the park and its resources are available for purchase.

Special Programs

Ranger programs, such as guided hikes, talks, activities, and evening programs, are offered during the summer season.


Exhibits, many interactive, focus on the cultural history, prairie ecology, and paleontology of the White River Badlands. Children can enjoy assembling a virtual skeleton on a touch screen computer and touching fossilized animal casts..

Nearby Facilities

Cedar Pass Lodge, operated by Forever Resorts, an authorized concessioner of the National Park Service, is open from May 1 through October 15. The Lodge offers rental cabins, a gift shop, and full-service restaurant. Feel free to call (605) 433-5460 for reservations.

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