Badlands National Park

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The beginning of the Badlands

We entered into Badlands National Park, and purchased a National Parks Pass card for $50.  This would give us entrance into any National Park for the next year.  Since we planned to visit over 20 of them in the next month, this was indeed a bargain! We would have spent hundreds of dollars in entrance fees if we had to pay for each one separately. The Badlands is interesting because it is flat prairie right until you get up to it, then it turns into large packed clay-like dirt formations that would be impassable without roads already being there. I can see why the pioneer settlers considered these to be "bad lands" indeed! Still, they are beautiful formations, and Tyler had a blast climbing all over them.

This mule deer came out to say hello!
This would be his favorite park until we reached the Grand Canyon.    We saw a mule deer right by the side of the road, and it let us pull right up next to it and take pictures.  He wasn't bothered by us or the truck at all!   After exploring for awhile, we went to a grocery store in a local Native American Reservation in the town of Interior, and bought the necessary supplies to make hamburgers for dinner.  We registered at the nearby White River KOA campground, and made a fire to cook dinner.  It was not too crowded, and they let us switch to a better, corner site. We also got to do laundry here, for the first time on the trip.  I put a few loads going, and Dawn wasn't tired, so she stayed up to finish and fold them.  It was pretty windy that night, the tent flap kept flapping and kept us awake!

jostravel says:
It looks stunning at sunset :)
Posted on: Apr 16, 2016
aloneinthecrowd says:
This is stunning!! Another destination on my must-see-list ;)
Posted on: Oct 25, 2009
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The beginning of the Badlands
The beginning of the Badlands
This mule deer came out to say hel…
This mule deer came out to say he…
About to enter our first national …
About to enter our first national…
flat prairie, then..wham! Badlands!
flat prairie, then..wham! Badlands!
cool formations
cool formations
The first viewpoint parking area f…
The first viewpoint parking area …
Sunset over Badlands
Sunset over Badlands
Sunset
Sunset
The sign for Interior, on the Indi…
The sign for Interior, on the Ind…
Tyler climbs up...
Tyler climbs up...
...and takes some pictures!
...and takes some pictures!
Dawn stays on the ground!
Dawn stays on the ground!
Tyler would fly if he could
Tyler would fly if he could
the beauty of erosion
the beauty of erosion
A notch in the hillside
A "notch" in the hillside
view through the notch
view through the notch
Badlands...all the way to the hori…
Badlands...all the way to the hor…
be careful!!
be careful!!
hes like Spiderman
he's like Spiderman
OK, come on back down now!
OK, come on back down now!
yep, this place is as cool as I re…
yep, this place is as cool as I r…
Dawn thinks so, too
Dawn thinks so, too
Dawn gets ready to give Tyler the…
Dawn gets ready to give Tyler "th…
got him!
got him!
Sun is setting...well need to fin…
Sun is setting...we'll need to fi…
one last shot, the off to our camp…
one last shot, the off to our cam…
Badlands National Park
photo by: vulindlela