The Strange Landscapes at Badlands National Park

The Strange Landscapes at Badlands National Park

National parks are great places wherein we can reconnect with dear Mother Nature. What draws most of us to the parks is usually wildlife. We want to go and see the animals while they are in their natural habitats. The scenery or landscape often comes second to these majestic animals but not in every park. Landscape is the main attraction in Badlands National Park

BadLands National Park

The park is located to the southwest of the state of South Dakota in the United States of America. Badlands received the status of a national park in the late 70s and is manage by the NPS. The park stretches out to an area of about 242,756 acres filled with colorful buttes, spires and grass prairie. The prairie is the largest in the entire United States. A section of the park is under designation as a wilderness area under the protection of
Badlands Wilderness.

The Landscape

The landscape of Badlands national park is mainly dominated by multicolored formations called buttes. The buttes cover the wilderness part of the park uninterrupted by any vegetation. Buttes are formed due to years and years of wind and water erosion. These majestic structures spread all over the park creating a breathtaking view. The Buttes have layers of differently colored layers stacked on top of each other. Each of these layers presents a different time zone in history with the top one being the most recent. The park is also a good place to dig up fossils if you are an archaeologist. In the sunset, the buttes are adorned in glorious shades of orange and red.

The grass prairie in Badlands is the widest uninterrupted mixed grass prairie in the country. It balances the buttes’ rugged patterns and mixed colors with a shade of peaceful green. This prairie is hugely responsible for the wildlife that inhabits the park. Some of the wildlife that can be found the park includes:

  • Bison
  • Bobcat
  • Black-footed ferret
  • Big horn sheep
  • Mule deer


Some of the numerous activities you and your friends can partake in are:

  • Hiking – you can hike a trail or even up the red shirt table which is the highest point in the park.
  • Camping – there are a lot of sites in the park. Get closer to nature.
  • Bird watching
  • Auto-tour – along the loop road that goes through the park
  • Visit the paleontology lab in the park and the Ben Reifel Visitor Centre.

There are other wonderful things for you to see in Badlands. One of those wonderful features is ghost town that date back to late 19th century. The Badlands is a really cool place to visit; there is a lot to do. It is time you had a one on one with Mother Nature.