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

Badlands Heritage Festival

Join Badlands National Park in celebrating the area’s history and culture during this weekend event.

Winds of Badlands Concert

Badlands National Park is hosting the Winds of Badlands concert at 9:00pm on Tuesday, July 30 in the Cedar Pass Amphitheater. The Winds of Badlands is a concert of music written about Badlands National Park with video of images that inspired the compositions.

Badlands National Park is Modifying Operations to Implement Latest Health Guidance

Badlands National Park is Modifying Operations to Implement Latest Health Guidance

Badlands National Park Photos

At mixed-grass prairie of S. Dak.: Now we are getting the good plants to our eyes.

Tim Kiser posted a photo:

At mixed-grass prairie of S. Dak.: Now we are getting the good plants to our eyes.

Let the plants touch your eyes!

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In Badlands National Park, South Dakota, on September 3rd, 2019, along the trail to the "Prairie Wind Overlook" off South Dakota Highway 240 in Castle Butte Township in Pennington County.

According to the map in the 1996 soil survey of the prairie portions of Pennington and Custer counties, soils here are predominantly clay Vertisols (Aridic Leptic Haplusterts) of the Larvie series.

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At a popular U.S. "tourist prairie" in Badlands National Park.

Tim Kiser posted a photo:

At a popular U.S. "tourist prairie" in Badlands National Park.

"It looks just like a carpet don't it!" I overheard a delighted tourist exclaim. Haha he could only understand it as a tufted carpet lol.

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In Badlands National Park, South Dakota, on September 3rd, 2019, along the trail to the "Prairie Wind Overlook" off South Dakota Highway 240 in Castle Butte Township in Pennington County.

According to the map in the 1996 soil survey of the prairie portions of Pennington and Custer counties, soils here are predominantly clay Vertisols (Aridic Leptic Haplusterts) of the Larvie series.

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At a popular U.S. "tourist prairie" in Badlands National Park.

Tim Kiser posted a photo:

At a popular U.S. "tourist prairie" in Badlands National Park.

It is pretty so it is easy to understand why the Badlands tourists love it so much but I worry that they will not realize that the dark brown "curly dock"/"curley dock" plants in the foreground are non-native, undesirable. We need to send them straight back to Eurasia!

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In Badlands National Park, South Dakota, on September 3rd, 2019, along the trail to the "Prairie Wind Overlook" off South Dakota Highway 240 in Castle Butte Township in Pennington County.

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These sunflowers at this nature boardwalk through this grassland in this national park.

Tim Kiser posted a photo:

These sunflowers at this nature boardwalk through this grassland in this national park.

I would like to have the nature boardwalk as the back deck of my house, and the grassland as my back yard, and the sunflowers in a flowerpot.

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In Badlands National Park, South Dakota, on September 3rd, 2019, along the trail to the "Prairie Wind Overlook" off South Dakota Highway 240 in Castle Butte Township in Pennington County.

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One of the national parks' prairies' tourists' boardwalks.

Tim Kiser posted a photo:

One of the national parks' prairies' tourists' boardwalks.

The idea was to demonstrate to tourists that not every hectare of Badlands National Park is literal badlands. OK!

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In Badlands National Park, South Dakota, on September 3rd, 2019, on the trail to the "Prairie Wind Overlook" off South Dakota Highway 240 in Castle Butte Township in Pennington County.

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National park of great crumbliness!

Tim Kiser posted a photo:

National park of great crumbliness!

"Great crumblin' cliffs of Brule!"

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In Badlands National Park, South Dakota, on September 3rd, 2019, along the Window Trail off South Dakota Highway 240 in Interior Township in Jackson County.

This is the Brule Formation of the White River Group, composed of rocks formed from sediments deposited 34-30 mya, during the Rupelian Age of the Oligocene Epoch of the Paleogene Period of the Cenozoic Era, and eroded starting ~500 kya.

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Source for most geological details not otherwise cited:
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This looks way younger than 30-34 million years old.

Tim Kiser posted a photo:

This looks way younger than 30-34 million years old.

We might expect that something millions of years old wouldn't still be so crumbly, right?

See the clastic dikes. I see two at least.

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In Badlands National Park, South Dakota, on September 3rd, 2019, along the Window Trail off South Dakota Highway 240 in Interior Township in Jackson County.

This is the Brule Formation of the White River Group, composed of rocks formed from sediments deposited 34-30 mya, during the Rupelian Age of the Oligocene Epoch of the Paleogene Period of the Cenozoic Era, and eroded starting ~500 kya.

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photographer at work

mariola aga posted a photo:

photographer at work

Badlands National Park, South Dakota

Do you like SUNFLOWERS IN PRAIRIES WITH SMALL BUTTES AT SUNSET?!

Tim Kiser posted a photo:

Do you like SUNFLOWERS IN PRAIRIES WITH SMALL BUTTES AT SUNSET?!

This is getting me hungry for ranch-flavored sunflower seeds from a gas station!

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In Badlands National Park, South Dakota, on September 3rd, 2019, along the Door Trail off South Dakota Highway 240 in Interior Township in Jackson County.

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I did not fall to the bottom of the canyon at sundown.

Tim Kiser posted a photo:

I did not fall to the bottom of the canyon at sundown.

I kept my footing and I did not have to spend the night down there, waiting to be rescued.

Haha look at all those little shrubs scattered around.

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In Badlands National Park, South Dakota, on September 3rd, 2019, at the Big Badlands Overlook off South Dakota Highway 240 in Interior Township in Jackson County.

This is the Brule Formation of the White River Group, composed mainly of layers of mudstone, muddy sandstone, and siltstone, deposited 34-30 mya, during the Rupelian Age of the Oligocene Epoch of the Paleogene Period of the Cenozoic Era, and eroded starting ~500 kya.

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See this nice hiking trail along the base of a cliff, in the shade of the cliff.

Tim Kiser posted a photo:

See this nice hiking trail along the base of a cliff, in the shade of the cliff.

This is in South Dakota and I was unable to fully enjoy it because I was busy mourning that we don't have anything like this back home in Michigan, where I live.

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In Badlands National Park, South Dakota, on September 3rd, 2019, along the Notch Trail in Interior Township in Jackson County.

The cliffs are part of the Brule Formation of the White River Group, composed of rocks formed from sediments deposited 34-30 mya, during the Rupelian Age of the Oligocene Epoch of the Paleogene Period of the Cenozoic Era, and eroded starting ~500 kya.

Various maps including Macrostrat assert that the rocks here are part of the Sharps Formation. This has been revised to the Brule Formation per Benton et al in The White River Badlands : Geology and Paleontology, Indiana University Press, 2015.

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A beautiful rock formation!

Tim Kiser posted a photo:

A beautiful rock formation!

In Badlands National Park, South Dakota, on September 3rd, 2019, along the Fossil Exhibit Trail off South Dakota Highway 240 in Interior Township in Jackson County.

Most of the rocks here are part of the Brule Formation of the White River Group, composed mainly of layers of mudstone, muddy sandstone, and siltstone, deposited 34-30 mya, during the Rupelian Age of the Oligocene Epoch of the Paleogene Period of the Cenozoic Era, and eroded starting ~500 kya.

The highest pointy peaks in the distance are part of the Sharps Formation, composed mainly of sandy siltstone, deposited 30-28 mya, also during the Rupelian Age.

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Sunlight in the Badlands

Ken Krach Photography posted a photo:

Sunlight in the Badlands

Badlands Bighorn Calf

(Jay Andersen) posted a photo:

Badlands Bighorn Calf

Another shot of a cute little bighorn calf in Badlands National Park nearing sunset.

I'M GETTING HUNGRY FOR A MOUTHFUL OF PROTEIN POWDER when I see this picture of this eroded mass of Oligocene deposits.

Tim Kiser posted a photo:

I'M GETTING HUNGRY FOR A MOUTHFUL OF PROTEIN POWDER when I see this picture of this eroded mass of Oligocene deposits.

"Our mouths water for spoonsful of desiccant!"

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In Badlands National Park, South Dakota, on September 3rd, 2019, along the Castle Trail near South Dakota Highway 240 in Interior Township in Jackson County.

This is part of the Brule Formation of the White River Group, composed of rocks formed from sediments deposited 34-30 mya, during the Rupelian Age of the Oligocene Epoch of the Paleogene Period of the Cenozoic Era, and eroded starting ~500 kya.

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A butte is a handle-shaped pillar of Oligocene deposits, with a "toupée" of prickly pear cactus.

Tim Kiser posted a photo:

A butte is a handle-shaped pillar of Oligocene deposits, with a "toupée" of prickly pear cactus.

In Badlands National Park, South Dakota, on September 3rd, 2019, along the Castle Trail near South Dakota Highway 240 in Interior Township in Jackson County.

This is part of the Brule Formation of the White River Group, composed of rocks formed from sediments deposited 34-30 mya, during the Rupelian Age of the Oligocene Epoch of the Paleogene Period of the Cenozoic Era, and eroded starting ~500 kya.

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Big Badlands Overlook and Blue Skies with Clouds (Black & White, Badlands National Park)

thor_mark  posted a photo:

Big Badlands Overlook and Blue Skies with Clouds (Black & White, Badlands National Park)

A conversion to black & white using Silver Efex Pro 2 where I used some color filters to bring out a much richer tonal contrast across the badlands as well as darker skies to contrast the wisps of clouds for the final image.

The southern part of the Cliff Shelf Nature Trail (center) as viewed from the northern part of the Cliff Shelf Nature Trail.

Tim Kiser posted a photo:

The southern part of the Cliff Shelf Nature Trail (center) as viewed from the northern part of the Cliff Shelf Nature Trail.

"The Cliff Shelf Nature Trail is a nature trail in central North America. It is seen here in its nature setting, beyond a patch of juniper forest."

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In Badlands National Park, South Dakota, on September 3rd, 2019, on the Cliff Shelf Nature Trail off South Dakota Highway 240 in Interior Township in Jackson County.

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• Northwestern Great Plains (Q68928558)
• September 3 (Q2860)
• September 2019 (Q47087604)
• Sioux Act of 1889 (Q90003099)
• South Dakota Highway 240 (Q809237)
• White River Badlands (Q68930347)

Library of Congress Subject Headings:
• Conifers (sh85031129)
• Junipers (sh85071044)
• Parks—South Dakota (sh85098194)
• Trails—South Dakota ( sh2007007191)

Aridity and erosion of light brown expanse, with distant tourists.

Tim Kiser posted a photo:

Aridity and erosion of light brown expanse, with distant tourists.

I dislike "South Dakota" but I love central North America!

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In Badlands National Park, South Dakota, on September 3rd, 2019, a view of the Castle Trail at its western trailhead, along South Dakota Highway 240 in Interior Township in Jackson County.

Rocks exposed here are part of the Brule Formation of the White River Group, composed of rocks formed from sediments deposited 34-30 mya, during the Rupelian Age of the Oligocene Epoch of the Paleogene Period of the Cenozoic Era, and eroded starting ~500 kya.

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Getty Thesaurus of Geographic Names terms:
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Wikidata items:
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• Northwestern Great Plains (Q68928558)
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• Sioux Act of 1889 (Q90003099)
• South Dakota Highway 240 (Q809237)
• White River Badlands (Q68930347)
• White River Group (Q18379420)

Library of Congress Subject Headings:
• Parks—South Dakota (sh85098194)
• Tourists (sh99003907)

"Our lands are falling away!"

Tim Kiser posted a photo:

"Our lands are falling away!"

"Our lands crumble and disappear!"

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In Badlands National Park, South Dakota, on September 3rd, 2019, at the Homestead Overlook on the south side of South Dakota Highway 240 in Conata Township in Pennington County.

The cliffs are part of the Brule Formation of the White River Group, composed mainly of layers of mudstone, muddy sandstone, and siltstone, deposited 34-30 mya, during the Rupelian Age of the Oligocene Epoch of the Paleogene Period of the Cenozoic Era, and eroded starting ~500 kya.

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Getty Thesaurus of Geographic Names terms:
• Badlands (7019845)
• Badlands National Park (1101394)
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Art & Architecture Thesaurus terms:
• badlands (300387013)
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• sedimentary rock (300011273)
• siltstone (mudstone) (300011383)

Wikidata items:
• 3 September 2019 (Q57350498)
• Brule Formation (Q16954188)
• Conata Township (Q6028074)
• Northern short grasslands (Q3401268)
• Northwestern Great Plains (Q68928558)
• Rupelian (Q508633)
• September 3 (Q2860)
• September 2019 (Q47087604)
• Sioux Act of 1889 (Q90003099)
• South Dakota Highway 240 (Q809237)
• White River Badlands (Q68930347)
• White River Group (Q18379420)

Library of Congress Subject Headings:
• Parks—South Dakota (sh85098194)

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Source for most geological details not otherwise cited:
Benton, Rachel C., et al. The White River Badlands : Geology and Paleontology, Indiana University Press, 2015.