Badlands National Park, South Dakota

Badlands National Parks attracts visitors worldwide with it's natural charm. The fossil beds found in Badlands are world renowned. Fossil from marine life, mammals, birds, invertebrates, and reptiles can be found here. Badlands is 381 square miles in area and is a protected area for wildlife.

Badlands National Park Info


Badlands National Park

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News

Mike Pflaum Selected as Superintendent of Badlands National Park

Mike Pflaum, a 35-year veteran of the National Park Service (NPS), has been selected as the new Superintendent of Badlands National Park. Pflaum has served as the Superintendent of Keweenaw National Historical Park in Calumet, Michigan since January, 2011, with an intervening assignment at Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore. Pflaum begins his new assignment on August 23, 2015.

Search Scaled Back for Missing Nebraska Man

On Sunday afternoon, the interagency search and rescue leaders made the difficult decision to reduce the scale of the search efforts for Joshua Jacobsen, age 39, of Laurel Nebraska. Badlands National Park was notified Thursday morning that Jacobsen was missing.

Environmental Assessment for Cedar Pass Development Concept Plan Available for Public Review

Environmental Assessment for Cedar Pass Development Concept Plan Available for Public Review

Badlands National Park Photos

Badlands National Park

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Pink Candy over the Badlands

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Pink Candy over the Badlands

Yellow Mounds and Badlands (Badlands National Park)

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Yellow Mounds and Badlands (Badlands National Park)

With this image, I just wanted to capture that view across the badlands with its colored layers of rock as well as those yellow mounds. I decided to angle my SLR camera slightly downward. I found that created a better sense of depth as the eyes swept across this setting. I later noticed Badlands Loop Road that also curved across and felt it added that little bit extra touch of perspective. In the end, it was just meant to be a captured image with a sweeping view across the badlands and eroded formations. The blue skies above would complement the colors and landscape for the final image.

Approaching Storm on the Green Waves of Grain Near Badlands National Park (6-5-2017)

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Approaching Storm on the Green Waves of Grain Near Badlands National Park (6-5-2017)

Conata Basin Picnic Area

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Conata Basin Picnic Area

Conata Basin Picnic Area - Badlands National Park - I used to make it a point of waiting for people to move out of a scene before taking a photo. A few years ago, I discovered that having someone in the frame is a great way to add a sense of scale.

I came upon this scene in the late afternoon. There was only one other car in the parking lot. I took several shots with this person in various positions on the formation. I liked this one the best.

A Lone Tree at Conata Basin Overlook (Badlands National Park)

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A Lone Tree at Conata Basin Overlook (Badlands National Park)

I'd come across this lone tree the day prior while walking around and taking in view at the Conata Basin Overlook. With the overcast skies and drizzling off and on rain, I found converting to black & white brought out a better tonal contrast to use for the final image. The next morning was a complete change with beautiful blue skies. I felt they were a better color contrast that also complemented the yellows and greens of the prairie grasses and tree leaves. I later used some CEP filters (Low Key, Polarization and Graduated Neutral Density) which seemed to best bring out the look of colors from the early morning sunlight.

Badlands National Park, in southwest South Dakota, United States. Original image from Carol M. Highsmith’s America, Library of Congress collection. Digitally enhanced by rawpixel.

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Badlands National Park, in southwest South Dakota, United States. Original image from Carol M. Highsmith’s America, Library of Congress collection. Digitally enhanced by rawpixel.

Stunning image from Carol M. Highsmith's monumental Library of Congress Collection. For 38 years Carol has travelled America capturing beautiful moments in time, preserving them for future generations. By donating these images to the Library of Congress she has generously made these images available to the public domain for everyone to enjoy.

We are delighted to bring you our favorites here.

You can view the entire archive at the Library of Congress.

You can download the images we have curated and edited : www.rawpixel.com/board/421689/carol-m-highsmiths-america

More information about Carol M. Highsmith: carolhighsmithamerica.com

Sunlight and Shadows Across Badlands (Badlands National Park)

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Sunlight and Shadows Across Badlands (Badlands National Park)

A view with a look to the southeast while on the boardwalk, walking out to the main overlook at Big Badlands Overlook.

Badlands Rising Tall Amongst the Prairie Grasses (Badlands National Park)

thor_mark  posted a photo:

Badlands Rising Tall Amongst the Prairie Grasses (Badlands National Park)

An image idea I got from another photographer before heading out on this trip to Badlands National Park and the Dakotas area. For this image, I decided to angle my Nikon SLR camera slightly downward in order to capture more of a sweeping view across the prairie grasses to my front. That one prominent badlands formation would seemingly rise into the blue skies above. In some ways, I was lucky with this image as several days prior had had had overcast skies and off and on rain. The blue skies were therefore a very nice change as well as a color contrast to complement the final image.

Layers and Colors of Badlands at Saddle Pass Trailhead (Badlands National Park)

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Layers and Colors of Badlands at Saddle Pass Trailhead (Badlands National Park)

I used some of the nearby prairie grasses as a little bit of foreground to the badlands towering over to a distant point above.

Badlands Trouble

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Badlands Trouble

A slight disagreement amongst friends.

On my way back to the hotel after sunrise, I encountered a large group of big horn sheep. These two spent a lot of time pushing each other until eventually they decided to butt heads.

Morning at Big Badlands Overlook

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Morning at Big Badlands Overlook

Scene at the Big Badlands Overlook, Badlands National Park, South Dakota.

Badlands Winter Scene

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Badlands Winter Scene

The Badlands are looking really nice with their light coating of snow. This shot was taken late afternoon.

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Morning at Big Badlands Overlook

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Morning at Big Badlands Overlook

Scene at the Big Badlands Overlook, Badlands National Park, South Dakota.

Saddle Pass Trailhead

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Saddle Pass Trailhead

Scene at the Saddle Pass trailhead, Badlands National Park, South Dakota.

Panorama Point

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Panorama Point

Scene at Panorama Point, Badlands National Park, South Dakota.

Yellow Mounds

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Yellow Mounds

View of the Yellow Mounds area as seen from Conata Basin Overlook, Badlands National Park, South Dakota.