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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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Get the most out of your visit, stop here

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed February 8, 2015
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Montville, New Jersey
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Montville, New Jersey
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306 reviews 306 reviews
251 attraction reviews
335 helpful votes 335 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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30 attraction reviews
40 helpful votes 40 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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44 reviews 44 reviews
12 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 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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107 reviews 107 reviews
51 attraction reviews
69 helpful votes 69 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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4 helpful votes 4 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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30 attraction reviews
52 helpful votes 52 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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Arizona
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46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2014

This visitor center is A-One as to facilities and is a great source of information for those wanting to explore the Badlands National Park.

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Knoxville, Tennessee
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161 attraction reviews
89 helpful votes 89 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2014

Good movie and small but good displays for the Badlands. Nice clean stop for a bathroom break, food and learn about the Badlands and the environment, fauna and wildlife. Adequate parking.

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Millersburg, Ohio
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26 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2014

Our bus tour stopped here for approximately 1 hour before commencing the drive through the Park. I would suggest spending some time here and gather information concerning the Park. It is well worth your time.

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