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Ben Reifel Visitor Center

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Address: Cedar Pass "Badlands Loop Road" Hwy 240, Badlands National Park, SD
Phone Number: (605) 433-5361
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Description: Visitor center with exhibits as well as nearby shop and restaurant...
Visitor center with exhibits as well as nearby shop and restaurant facilities.
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Talked with Park Ranger here (Paul) is a Good Guy very interesting & knowledgeable . He gave a good insight into the Southern part of the park (Stronghold Unit) & we enjoyed that... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 9, 2015
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Holmesville, Ohio
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London, United Kingdom
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118 reviews 118 reviews
39 attraction reviews
50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2015 NEW

If you enter the Park from Wall, which most people do, then you have seen a good proportion of the park before you get to the visitor centre. However it is still worth going in as there are several exhibits and an information film

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Holmesville, Ohio
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27 reviews 27 reviews
8 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2015

Talked with Park Ranger here (Paul) is a Good Guy very interesting & knowledgeable . He gave a good insight into the Southern part of the park (Stronghold Unit) & we enjoyed that part of our visit. They have a short (20min.) video in a small theater which is worth taking in , they play it every half hr. or... More 

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Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin
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13 reviews 13 reviews
6 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2015

we got there right as it was closing but quickly walked around and its a nice little museum with lots of interesting things for children to touch and see. My 8 year old loved it and it was air conditioned and a break from the badlands heat.

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Montville, New Jersey
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289 attraction reviews
444 helpful votes 444 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2015

It's the main headquarters of "Badlands National Park" and is about 50 miles southeast of Rapid City. I traveled into the park via Route 44 through the grasslands. While it was interesting to see initially, it soon became repetitious. I then preceded to Interior and then into the park. I used my National Park Pass and proceeded to the 240... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2015

We started here and found out all the places we wanted to visit in this large park. There are great places here to take some pictures and they have a gift shop with some interesting items. The staff is very well informed, friendly and willing to answer any questions.

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Saint Louis, Missouri
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104 reviews 104 reviews
38 attraction reviews
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

Nice exhibits, helpful, friendly rangers and good information about the history, geology and ecosystem of the park. Water available to fill your bottles or packs and a good starting place for exploring the Badlands

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South Dakota
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45 reviews 45 reviews
12 attraction reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2014

We decided to stop at the Visitor Center on our way through the Badlands. It has so much more than I imagined. There is a 3-D walk-through display with the history of the Badlands. So much info that you need over an hour to see it all. There is also a separate room where they are working on the on-site... More 

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Knoxville, Tennessee
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76 helpful votes 76 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

The Ben Reifel visitors center was great. It's a beautiful facility and there are tons of things to see and learn about. The gift shop was also nice. The park ranger was super friendly and I love the map on the wall that show the areas where certain animals are to be found.

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Moline, Illinois
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11 reviews 11 reviews
4 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2014

Although the gift shop is a bit expensive (to be expected) the rest of the visitor center was well taken care or and had a lot of neat information on the Badlands, both myself and my 6 year old really enjoyed learning more about the area we were adventuring.

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Spearfish
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32 attraction reviews
59 helpful votes 59 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2014

The Ben Reifel Visitor center is near the east entrance to the park and gives a good overview of what is there. We actually stopped on our way out but it provides a good prospective on arrival. No fee for the visitor center. It's not large, not sure I'd want to stop during tourist season. There is a 20 minute... More 

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