We drove through Badlands National Park on our last day in South Dakota. Nothing I can write about them can really compete with these pictures, right?
My brief thoughts:
1. This is an incredible place.
2. They have an “open hiking policy”. Meaning that, as long as your car is legally parked, you can hike ANYWHERE. Not very many places offer that anymore!
3. Perhaps related to the aforementioned policy, there aren’t a lot of official trails. We hiked a short one that was labeled “moderate-strenuous”, we think due to the log ladder and the “dangerous cliff”. But a group in front of us was hiking with small children, so it couldn’t have been that strenuous.
4. This place is incredible. Seriously. You need to go there.
If you haven’t guessed yet by the pictures, it was a pretty awesome trip. You can check out Parts 1 and 2 of our South Dakota adventures here: Hiking Bear Butte and Scenic Drive: Wind Cave National Park and Needles Highway.