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Located in southwestern South Dakota about an hour south of Rapid City, South Dakota,on the old homeland of the Sioux is Badlands National Park. It consists of 244,000 acres of sharply eroded buttes, pinnacles and spires blended with the largest protected mixed grass prairie in the United States.The terrain of the area is so arid and the land formations so eerie that the Sioux called this place mako sica, or "bad land."
Badlands are found in many parts of the world. This kind of geological formation usually occurs in semiarid climates and is characterized by countless gullies and ridges, as well as sparse vegetation. But at Badlands National Park, it is desolation at its truest. You can look for miles and see no sign of civilization. We approached the park from the town of Walll, South Dakota and entered the park through the Pinnacles Entrance to join the Badlands Loop Road that has many pull-outs and overlooks.



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Road Trip 2005 - Montana, Wyoming, South Dakota, North Dakota