The Badlands of South Dakota encompass a vast area of the State, with only a portion in the National Park. We are camping in the badlands outside of the National Park.
The Badlands were created over millions of years by glaciers, wind, earthquakes, and volcanos. Initially here everything was underwater. This accounts for the vast difference in topography in a short distance. From jagged rocks, to prairies, to lush vegetation.
Erosion of the Badlands reveals sedimentary layers of different colors: purple and yellow (shale), tan and gray (sand and gravel), red and orange (iron oxides) and white (volcanic ash).
There is an abundance of wildlife
and even a buffalo.