Wednesday, August 20, 2014

The Baaaadlands - Aug 18-19, 2014

Well, I'm still in South Dakota....making the most of it I can!  Today's post is all about The Badlands National Park.  It just springs up out of miles and miles of plains and prairies.  This will be mostly photographs....they will give you a good idea what The Badlands are all about.

On the way to the park, I stopped at your typical highway rest stop and saw this:

First tho', my free campsite.  It's right in the park, which is nice, however, from the exit I took to the park entrance, the campsite was a 40 miles drive through the park...20 of it was a gravel road. But that was fine....I got a lot of good photos on the drive. The campsite is the Sage Creek Campground.  It's really more for tenters, but there was no signage that said "RVs Keep Out" I went in!

It's a large circle.  Period.  This was early in the really filled up with tents by night, but everyone was very quiet and asleep by 9pm.  I started at the circle...see me on the left side, but moved off the circle to the equestrian section as no one with horses was there.  Much better! I know...this doesn't look like the pictures of The Badlands that you may have seen....this area was beautiful, rolling hills.  The circle reminds me of where a circle of covered wagons should be!

Oh...on the way to the campground, I saw a herd of bison crossing over an adjacent road.  I had just enough time to make a quick turn (well, as quick as you can make a turn in a 27' RV!) and get fairly close to them...

I wouldn't want to run into one of these in a dark alley!  They finally crossed and settled down across the road.

I also saw some other "wild animals" on the way to the campground...

Now for The Badlands.... not much commentary...just photos....and no cemeteries!  LOL!

This sign was at one viewing station.  I didn't see (or hear) any!

It was hard to choose just a few photos.  It was all spectacular.  A very good $15 investment!

Then back to the campground for a sunset, dinner, sleep and this morning's sunrise.  Next stop...Deadwood and camping near Sturgis, SD.  Hope you enjoyed the tour of The Badlands!


...but a fabulous sunrise!


  1. Beautiful pictures! Enjoyed the trip you made! Close enough to bison and saw other wildlife. Good. Such a wonderful part of the country!

  2. Stunning photographs! For those of us who have never seen this in real life, it's hard to believe! Glad you are getting to see all this 1st hand! Keep us seeing all this beauty along with you!