A Quick Visit to Badlands National Park
We began our day at the KOA near Mount Rushmore and had a long way to go to get across South Dakota. We were taking I-90 and making stops along the way, including Wall Drug, Old MacDonald’s Farm, and of course The Badlands. This meant we didn’t have a lot of time to spend at this National Park. But, I enjoyed the little bit of time we were there.
Badlands Loop Road
Badlands Loop Road winds through the amazing geological features. There are a number of overlooks and trails to fully appreciate the buttes, pinnacles and canyons.
I’m just in awe of the rugged beauty. It is a snapshot of the passing of time. Each layer is built from the changes in the earth including a sea that once covered the area, fossilized soil, and volcanic ash from the Great Basin. The varying rock types stacked together to create this geological wonder, and are now eroding away.
The horns on these sheep are spectacular. It’s always a thrill when we spot a ram. I feel like this one was giving us the side eye.
You might also see bison, prairie dogs, and rattlesnakes.
Weird, but True
Scientists estimate that in the next 500,000 years, the Badlands will have eroded completely.
from the NPS website
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