The Badlands

After one or two more incidents we made it out of the Rockies and the car was thankfully back in action! So we rolled on through Wyoming to South Dakota to check out one of my top must-sees.

This place is the heartland's saving grace as far as scenery goes. 

From Yellowstone to here, and then all the way to Chicago, the only thing we saw were places that had signs boasting a population of 10 people. That and Wall Drug, which if you ever have driven across South Dakota you know is the worst thing ever. 

  • "Badlands are a type of dry terrain where softer sedimentary rocks and clay-rich soils have been extensively eroded by wind and water. They are characterized by steep slopes, minimal vegetation, lack of a substantial regolith, and high drainage density. They can resemble malpaís, a terrain of volcanic rock. Canyons, ravines, gullies, hoodoos and other such geological forms are common in badlands. They are often difficult to navigate by foot. Badlands often have a spectacular color display that alternates from dark black/blue coal stria to bright clays to red scoria."

Conspiracy theorists think that this is where the moon landing was filmed and it's easy to see how this would be the spot. The rock formations stretch for hundreds of acres and and are absolutely beautiful. We pulled into the park right at sunset and ran around like kids taking pictures. One of my favorite places for sure!