Badlands National Park: Photo Essay

Badlands National Park

Badlands National Park: Photo Essay

On our longest day of driving, from South Sioux City, Nebraska to Hot Springs, South Dakota, we veered off Highway 90 for Highway 240, the scenic stretch of road that makes its way through Badlands National Park. It took us a little bit out of the way, but it was completely worth the extra hours in the car, and the fifteen dollar entrance fee, which is valid for seven days.

Badlands National Park

We didn’t have much time to spend, since we wanted to make it to Mt. Rushmore and our hotel in Hot Springs before dark. But, we made it work and were able to see much of the park. It has also inspired me to make my way back to South Dakota to spend more time in there in the future, especially on some of its trails. But, for now, here are a few of my favorite photos from our drive through.

Badlands National Park

Badlands National Park

Badlands National Park

Badlands National Park

There was something very freeing about being in a place that felt otherworldly, especially after miles and miles of flat land and cornfields. The area was so diverse and interesting, and it was difficult to capture the true beauty of all that lay ahead of us.

The Badlands

Badlands National Park

Badlands National Park

Prairie Dogs

Badlands National Park

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Comments (12)

  1. Dana K

    I LOVED seeing the prairie dogs when I was out there!! They were ADORABLE!! 🙂

    1. The World Wanderer

      That was so exciting! Cutest little guys ever!

  2. Kiera Reilly

    Beautiful photos! I have another friend that visited there a few weeks ago…now will have to add it to my US travel to-see list!

    1. The World Wanderer

      Thanks! You really should – it was worth the stop. 🙂

  3. Natalie @ In Natalie's Shoes

    How stunning! I’ve never been to the Badlands, but this definitely makes me want to visit. Enjoy the rest of your drive!

    1. The World Wanderer

      Thanks! You’ll have to give it a visit – definitely worth it!

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  5. the lazy travelers

    so pretty! sometimes we forget places like this even exist in the US. have so much more domestic exploring to do! xo

    1. The World Wanderer

      I know – I usually have my sights set on foreign countries. But, many times I felt very far from home on this trip, and I was in the US, haha.

  6. Lance | Trips By Lance

    A very beautiful place made even more stunning by what it means. I’d love to visit the Badlands, a sacred place for Native Americans for a longer time than we could even imagine.

    1. The World Wanderer

      Thanks, Lance! Yes, it has a pretty long history, long before it became a national park.

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