Effective Sunday August 20, the Cedar Pass Contact Station, temporarily serving at the main visitor station for Badlands National Park, will reduce its hours of operation to 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily. Additionally, the schedule of ranger programs will reduce to: · Geology Walks at 8:30 a.m. (45 minutes; Meet at the Door Geology Trail Classroom eight miles south of exit 131 in the park on the Badlands Loop Road) · Fossil Talks at 10:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m., and 3:30 p.m. (20 minutes, Meet at the Fossil Exhibit Trail, four miles north of the Cedar Pass Contact Station on the Badlands Loop Road) · Evening Programs at 8:00 p.m. (45 minutes; Meet at the Cedar Pass Campground Amphitheater)
The Ben Reifel Visitor Center, the park's main visitor center, remains closed for renovation through November, 2005. Installation of new exhibits and audiovisual equipment is slated for October and early November. Until the Center is officially ready to receive visitors, the Cedar Pass Contact Station, a temporary facility located 100 meters behind (to the south) of the Ben Reifel Visitor Center is serving as an information point and bookstore for Badlands Natural History Association, the park's non-profit education partner. Contact Station hours will reduce September 18 to 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.
For more information about Badlands National Park and its management emphases, visit the park's website at http://www.nps.gov/badl Click on IN DEPTH to get to our expanded website that includes maps and additional information. The park's activity guide can be downloaded from the website as a .PDF file, as well.