Just about 4 hours into South Dakota from the Minnesota border, the scenery changes. It changes from the flat prairies, into scenic hills with more buttes, then you arrive at the Badlands. I visited the Badlands many years ago when my parents took us there on a family vacation, but this was Truckin' Mans first visit.
You can see a little from the interstate, but if you have the time to go through the national park, it is well worth your time! On our first trip through we toured 25 miles of the park. Beautiful and stunning. Lots of walking trails if you want to go for a hike. We did not go for any walks since wind gusts were about 50 mph while we were there. It was all Truckin' Man could do to keep his hat on when we did get out of our vehicle.
Even though it was cold, and crazy windy, we did have beautiful skies!
Our visit was very much "off" season, and lots of places were closed for the season. I was thrilled to find that the Ben Reifel Visit Center was open. We were able to learn lots of interesting information and history about this area, and how the badlands were formed.
Truckin' Man was really hoping to see lots of wildlife, but we only saw a few deer.
Being the great sport that he is, Truckin' Man strolled a ways out for this great photo!
"Yellow Mounds" were another neat part within the park.
One of the few bits of color we saw.
Have you ever visited the Badlands?