Badlands National Park, SD

Badlands National Park: The Lakota named this land “Mako Sica”, meaning “land bad”;

Badlands National Park

The park consists of roughly 244,000 acres of prairie grass mixed with sharply eroded buttes, pinnacles, and spires.  Looking out over the sometimes lunar landscape, it is desolation at its best… You can look for miles and see no sign of civilization.  Despite the solitude, the land has been so ravaged by the elements it has become quite stunning. Erosion of the Badlands reveals sedimentary layers of different colors: purple and yellow (shale), tan and gray (sand and gravel), red and orange (iron oxides) and white (volcanic ash). These striking geologic deposits also contain one of the world’s richest fossil beds; prehistoric bones are still being uncovered today by park officials.

I cannot even tell you how many times Dan and I drove the 30-mile Badlands Loop, how many times we stopped to hike the trails to absorb the surrounding beauty, or view the abundance of wildlife that roam the park’s boundaries. We stayed in the area for 2 days and with each entrance into Badlands National Park, we encountered something new and exciting.

If ever in the area, stop in at the Ben Reifel Visitor Center situated near Cedar Pass Lodge to learn more about what the park has to offer.

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17 thoughts on “Badlands National Park, SD

  1. A most beautiful place…I was “stuck” in Wall for a week while the family car’s transmission was sent to Rapid City for repairs in the late 60s…spent many happy hour in the park.

  2. Jane Lurie says:

    One of my favorite parks, Cynthia, which you’ve captured beautifully. It really is amazing there. Love some of the effects you’ve added, too. Great post!

  3. Dan Traun says:

    Wonderful series of photos. That was a great trip; can’t wait to go back again some time.

  4. MikeP says:

    Yep… def on my list for places to shoot. Glad you did some of the footwork for me. I have to apologize because at first glance I mistook your dog for one of the wild creatures from the region. Dan on the other hand could have gone either way. Love your quad-iptych and as always your take on a place inspires me to get there one day.

  5. Joe says:

    Beautiful images Cyndie 🙂

  6. Great images and location. The times I’ve been through there, I’ve not had time to linger, but will one of these days.

  7. avian101 says:

    As always Cynthia, you manage to get wonderful pictures. I visited The Badlands Pk. a few years back, I was so delighted to be there, exploring those weird erodes sites. I remember being under the sun at 120º F and I felt happy. One night I was witness to the harshest storm I’ve ever seen, I saw more lightning in my life including one striking at about 20 yards from me. Cool stuff! Thank you for your post! 🙂

  8. Wow, that cover photo on this post. Such beautiful country. 🙂

  9. Make Something Mondays says:

    Your pictures make me want to visit so many places I never would’ve thought of. Lovely photography!

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