Ben Reifel Visitor Center
Located at park headquarters the Ben Reifel Visitor Center reopened in 2006 with new exhibits, a 95 seat, air conditioned theater, a new park film, Land of Stone and Light, and improved classroom and restroom facilities. Exhibits feature information about the Park today as well as past and recent history. Our family enjoyed it quite a bit. There are things for kids to touch and lots to read. The Park staff is very friendly and helpful with advice for planning activities. During the summer months, ranger-led programs are offered throughout the day.
There is also a small bookstore and gift shop operated by the Badlands Natural History Association. Items available for purchase include postcards, books, videos, posters, stuffed animals, and other education materials about the park and its resources.
2008 hours of operation are posted below.
April 20 – May 31 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
June 1 – August 16 7 a.m. – 7 p.m.
August 17 – October 11 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Badlands National Park is in the Mountain Time Zone.
Cedar Pass Lodge Gift Shop & Restaurant
2008 Hours of Operation
April 19 – May 9 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.
May 10 – May 23 7 a.m. – 7 p.m.
May 24 – September 8 7 a.m. – 9 p.m.
September 9 – September 26 7 a.m. – 7 p.m.
September 27 – October 19 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.
The dining room closes 30 minutes before the gift shop.
White River Visitor Center
Located on the Pine Ridge Reservation off Highway 27, this visitor center is operated by the Oglala Sioux Parks and Recreation Authority and is staffed by Tribal members. In 2007, new exhibits were installed by the National Park Service. Contact (605) 455-2878 for more information.
Summer hours for 2008.
June 1 through September 15 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
If you are visiting before June or after September, please call for hours of operation.