Badlands National Park
Distinct rock layers formed over millions of years to create rugged peaks
The name doesn't do justice to gorgeous landscape
The rugged beauty of Badlands National Park, located in southwestern South Dakota, makes this park a must see when visiting the United States. Not only are the sharp buttes and gradient rocks stunning to look at, they’re also quite a treasure trove of fossils.
Today, Badlands is home to incredible wildlife, including bison, bighorn sheep, prairie dogs and black-footed ferrets. Keep your eyes peeled for them as you traverse the striated buttes and follow one of the many hiking trails. For excellent views of the landscape, follow the 1-kilometer Door Trail or the ½-kilometer Window Trail — both of which are great for hikers of all skills. Badlands National Park also boasts opportunities to camp and stargaze.