Badlands National Park

Badlands National Park

Badlands National Park

 

A striking moon-like landscape rises abruptly from South Dakota's western, prairie hills. Chiseled spires, steep canyons, low-slung buttes and jagged ridges were created from millions of years of ruthless ravages by wind and water. When they first encountered these unusual formations, the Lakota aptly called them "Mako Sica" or "bad land".

Badlands National Park covers 244,000 acres and contains one of the world's richest deposits of fossils from the Oligocene epoch. The Badlands were once a lush, marshy plain that was home to three-toed horses, giant pigs and saber-tooth cats.

Approximately 120,000 acres of the Badlands lie on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. Badlands National Park is located off Interstate 90 in southwestern South Dakota.

 

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