Fish RV Travels 2006 & 2007 travel blog

Badlands Loop

Fossil Display at Visitors Center

The Landscape

The Rose Colors

The Greys

Sand & Rose Colors

We departed the Black Hills and traveled through the Badlands National Park, and then stayed overnight in Pierre, SD. The Park is just an hour east of Rapid City, South Dakota on I-90. We drove Highway 240, known as Badlands Loop Road, and stopped briefly at the Cedar Pass Visitor Center. The landscape is very barren, but beautiful. Wind and rain erosion have created deep gorges and jagged ridges with rock layers of sand, rose, gold and green colors.

The Badlands National Park, in southwest South Dakota, United States preserves 242,756 acres of sharply eroded buttes, pinnacles and spires blended with the largest protected mixed grass prairie in the United States. Badlands National Park contains the world's richest Oligocene epoch fossil beds, dating 23 to 35 million years old.

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