Badlands National Park, Interior

Badlands National Park is famous for its striking scenery, but the steep-sided rock formations are more than just a source of beauty: they harbor one of the world's richest mammal fossil beds from around 30 million years ago and 69 million year old sea life fossils. Badlands also preserves the largest expanse of mixed-grass prairie in the national park system. The park is home to diverse plants and animals, including prairie denizens like the American bison and pronghorn. Prairie dog colonies provide food and habitat for the endangered black-footed ferret, as well as other predators ranging from bobcats to golden eagles.
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  • prairie dogs, sheep, bison, and a bunch of great views this is a must see. There is a cost to drive through but worth every penny. It will take you 2 or 3 hours IF you stop at every spot. Pictures don...  more »
  • I was amazed at the beauty from the jagged rocks rising from the grassland, to overlooking the prairie below, seeing the Black Hills off in the distance, and the wildlife which I saw big horn sheep, a...  more »
  • Beautiful, historical park. I'm still learning more more about it. After a rain fall, the buttes turn amazing shade of color you must read the history concerning this Badlands National Park. Very interesting. Not boring reading. If you decide to hike, sure you are properly clothed and plenty of water to stay hydrated. A shoulder water bladder works great for carrying need water Never walk to the edge of a Butte, it may give away under you. There is so much history concerning this national park. You can see fossils, antelope, bison, prairie dogs, Jack rabbits, mule deer, wild sheep. But, remember, "never walk close to this animal,,!" They may seem tame and friendly, not. They are born and raised in the Badlands National Park and do their own thing. Stay back, take pictures, read all signs and be safe. We welcome all visitors to the park. There is a visitors center with much information. Concerning how the Badlands came to be. My thoughts as well as my older sister who was here visiting from the East coast believe and feel much spirituality from this land. So, if you're planning a trip to Badlands National Park, read everything you can find about their formation, what, how when, what else was here???? Very exciting info and vacation of learning, fun and leisure. Have fun be safe and feel. Thank you
  • This is an absolutely beautiful and stunning national park. The landscapes are breathtaking and you are able to explore on your own anywhere you're brave enough to get to! You do have to keep an eye out for rattlesnakes but the other wildlife is fun to spot. The visitor's center has an interesting video and some exhibits. There are also picnic tables with shade shelters around the visitor's center. There are many places to pull off the road to park and venture out on the trails. We've been here a couple times and would definitely come back again!

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