The Badlands : Not As Bad As They used to say

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The Badlands in South Dakota is a perfect place If you’re a geologist, a naturalist, or just someone that’s interested in a place a bit off the beaten track.

A breathtaking mixture of spires, buttes and sharply eroded sandstone. This mixed prairie grass preserve is a great place whether you’re a fossil hunter, or just interested in natural beauty.

The Badlands
The Badlands

The Badlands National Park

It’s a gorgeous place, with unique and unusual sandstone rock that layers in ways that has to be seen.  The spires, and erosion formed over several thousand millennia make for a unique skyline.

The Badlands
The Milky Way Over The Badlands

Wildlife in Badlands

Vegetation and fauna sprinkle crevices and valleys, making for interesting walks. Also the badlands are home to all kinds of wild animals, from Bison that graze by the side of the road as you’re driving through, to Prairie dogs, Elk, Coyotes, and wild Horses.

The Badlands
Wildlife

Badlands Fossils

Many interesting fossils have been found there, since the interest in paleontology kicked up in 1840 or so.  

Several species of fossils have since been discovered in the White River area of the Badlands, more than 3/4 of the total found by 1854 had come from that one area.

The Badlands
Fossil of a Turtle

Theodore Roosevelt national park

Roosevelt national park is the most interesting of the Badlands parks, made up of three packages of land that are separate from one another, and are all connected by The Maah Daah Hey trail.

Theodore Roosevelt role

It is said that Theodore Roosevelt associated strongly with the ‘dying’ way of life of the Western cowboy, and rancher and had his own ranch there to recover from the loss of his mother and later, his wife.

His Ranch is deep within the heart of one of the packets of land and though there’s nothing left of it now, he wrote about the peace he found there, before returning to politics later in his life.