Badlands Wall, Badlands National Park

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Stretching along some 100 km (60 mi) of dry plains, Badlands Wall poses as a natural rock barrier that's been eroding for tens of millions of years. Losing 2.5 cm (1 in) on average per year, the dramatic landscape is a constantly changing sight with sedimentary rock layers reflecting hues of orange, pink, red, yellow and gold. Hundreds of fossilized bones can be found throughout the wall and wildlife roams freely, among which are bison, pronghorn antelope and bighorn sheep. Depending on the time of the day, and the weather, you can expect to see different colors, shapes, and features of the wall. Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Badlands National Park trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.
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  • There is a reason this is called "badlands" and this is iconic of that name Dry, jagged geologic formations abound here  more »
  • Very pretty and serene. Rock color changes in the lighting. Fun to hike and if you're lucky, maybe you can catch a glimpse of wildlife.  more »
  • In South Dakota I visited a park outside of the classic itineraries. It is the land of the "Badlands", the "BadLands" and when you enter it it seems to enter another planet: mountains eroded for millennia by weatheranding and drought draw a landscape of gullies with disturbing charm, as if the gestation of this wonder had occurred in the belly of the earth and exploded outside in spires, colorful waves, bizarre figures ... that show the stratifications of the geological eras. An extreme territory, hostile to humans, where only the Lakota Indians can live permanently. In the "Bad Lands" in fact, rich in gold, copper, precious minerals, came both the famous explorer Francisco De Coronado and French leather hunters forced by the terrible climate soon to abandon them. Yet looking out from the view points gives the traveler chills of restlessness and set of great aesthetic emotion. In the Spartan Visitor Center where Rangers explain the history of the territory, the fossils kneading the rocks, the wildlife is offered the opportunity to participate for free in the "night Sky Observing", an hour-long tour in which the Constellations. In fact the Badlands for their remote location, like few other places in the world offer a bright night and incredibly clear views of the Milky Way and the stars.
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