Picture This: The Badlands of South Dakota

The Badlands of South Dakota
Out of nowhere, the South Dakota plains give way to The Badlands – layers of soft shale, clay and limestone that wear away at a rate of about an inch a year leaving stunning silhouettes and fanciful formations… CONTINUE READING > >

Badlands National Monument in South Dakota

After
the seemingly endless trek across the windswept northern prairie, on our way to Mount Rushmore the landscape suddenly changes.

On second thought, “suddenly”
hardly describes it.
Abruptly, immediately, instantaneously the topography dramatically
goes from flat grassland besieged with billboards to the spectacularly
gnarled Badlands.

Wild formations in The Badlands of South Dakota

The Badlands of South Dakota

Out of nowhere
the South Dakota plains give way to layers of soft shale, clay
and limestone that wear away at a rate of about an inch a year
leaving stunning silhouettes and fanciful formations.

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The Badlands of South Dakota

The
Lakota Sioux dubbed the region “Mako Sica” or “Bad
Land” and the early French Trappers concurred, calling
it “les mauvaises terres a traverser” meaning a
“bad land to cross.”

Wild formations in The Badlands of South Dakota

No one said anything about
it being a bad land to LOOK at, so America
recognized it as a uniquely beautiful spot and proclaimed it Badlands
National Monument in 1929.

The Badlands of South Dakota

However
inhospitable or difficult to traverse this place may be, the
Badlands certainly provide a most unique spot where one feels
utterly removed from the rest of the planet.

The Badlands Loop Road in Badlands National Monument, South Dakota

While
most of the park is wilderness and inaccessible by vehicle, The
Badlands Loop Road passes through the most far-fetched of formations.

The Badlands Loop Road in Badlands National Monument, South Dakota

Absolutely remarkable — we’d go so far as to describe it as
“out of this world.”

David & Veronica,
GypsyNester.com

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6 thoughts on “Picture This: The Badlands of South Dakota”

  1. Awesome! I want to go to the Bad Lands. I’ve been interested for years because of all the dinosaur skeletons that have been dug up there. What an amazing landscape!

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