Picture This: The Badlands of South Dakota
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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