Explorations in Badlands National Park

Earlier this year, spring of 2018, my sister graduated from the University of Illinois. So like a good sister I helped her move and naturally we stopped at every national park that was close to our route home. The first of which is the Badlands National Park. If the thought of taking a break from looking at the endless rolling prairie doe not stop you then the other worldly soil formations will. Being a farmer myself I do love to see other farmland and pastures filled with cows, but after two days of the same kind of scenery (thank you mid-west) we needed to see something new. The badlands are located in the bottom corner of South Dakota off the highway by about 30 minutes. There are many things to do there such as hiking and camping, but since we had a few more states to go we just did the fast drive through and short hikes to lookouts version. The badlands were designated as a national monument in 1929, and then as a national park in 1978. The park is known as a geological site for finding many different fossils. If you have time to spend in the park definitely hop on down to the visitor center to find out more and to get your national park passport stamped! Below are some pictures I took while there. It was a typical mid-western spring day with high humidity and fog. If you are thinking of going there for a photo expedition I would suggest later mid to late summer when there would be less fog, and then early morning or evening. I think the low light would really help highlight the colors of the soil.      

The view from the first lookout if you come in from the north end of the park. 

The view from the first lookout if you come in from the north end of the park. 

This is the southern end of the park. There are many trails in the area if you have time to explore. 

This is the southern end of the park. There are many trails in the area if you have time to explore.