"Extensive" is another adjective. The badlands cover more than two hundred square miles in North Dakota and South Dakota, in Theodore Roosevelt National Park and Badlands National Park respectively. A casual tourist can see wonderful sites but to see it all would take a long, long time. We were happy we could at least visit both parks.
The northern badlands were cloaked in haze from large fires to the west, but the vistas were beautiful nevertheless. A memorable hike led to a vantage point overlooking a group of grazing bison. My preconceived notion of the badlands as barren was wrong. They have colors, textures and life.
|Painted Canyon, Theodore Roosevelt National Park|
|Bison, Theodore Roosevelt National Park|
|Jones Creek, Theodore Roosevelt National Park|
|Badlands National Park, South Dakota|
|Yellow Mound Formation, Badlands National Park|