Tamara's Journeys

Journeys as great as the destinations.

Sunday in South Dakota: Badlands National Park

July 23rd, 2017

The Lakota gave this land its name, “Mako Sica,” meaning “land bad.” Located in southwestern South Dakota, the Badlands National Park consists of 244,000 acres of sharply eroded buttes, pinnacles and spires blended with the largest protected mixed grass prairie in the United States. Friends, this is rugged desolation in its truest form. I’ve visited several times and I’m not joking when I say you can look for miles and see no sign of civilization. As far as the eye can see.

This land, once an ancient sea, has been ruthlessly ravaged by wind and water into something picturesque. Erosion of the Badlands 60 mile “Wall” reveals sedimentary layers of different colors people enjoy: purple and yellow (shale), tan and gray (sand and gravel), red and orange (iron oxides) and white (volcanic ash).

Besides tour buses and car loads of people, wildlife roams the park’s boundaries as well. On any given day visitors might be able to view bison, pronghorn, mule and whitetail deer, prairie dogs, coyotes, butterflies, turtles, snakes, bluebirds, vultures, eagles and ancient fossils. https://www.nps.gov/badl/index.htm https://www.visitrapidcity.com/parks-monuments/badlands-park

As far as the eye can see there is natural beauty waiting to be found; like an ancient fossil after a rainstorm. Enjoy your world.

Tamara's Journeys

Journeys as great as the destinations.