The stunning landscape you see in the Badlands was an unassuming floodplain just 500,000 years ago (not much time in terms of geologic change). Since then, water and wind have carved the soft sedimentary deposits into the jagged uninviting maze pictured below. Deep valleys expose a sequence of deposits that shine a light on the environmental history of the area. The sedimentary deposits exposed within the park range from 26 to 75 million years ago, giving geologists and paleontologists relatively easy access to studying the processes at work and the biological diversity in the region during the late Cretaceous, the Late Eocene, and the Oligocene Epoch. Not sheltered from erosion, the formations are threatened by time, expected to wear away entirely given another 500,000 years. Don’t miss out! cliffs in spearfish canyon near roughlock falls beneath roughlock falls roughlock falls at the top of Spearfish Canyon Bison near Scenic, South Dakota, along the scenic route. Roberts Prairie Dog Town Overlooking the Badlands in the Northwest portion of the National Park Sage Creek Basin Overlook Overlooking the Badlands Hilltop view south towards Conata Basin Badlands showing their colors in spring Hawks circling above the Yellow Mounds in the Badlands Painted Hills in the Yellow Mounds overlooking the colorful hills watch your step Traversing the crest to take in the views worth the view walking around the Burns Basin overlook on a crest trail Closeup of the formations in the badlands big badlands overlook vantage point view of below weathered peaks masterpiece of geology along the fossil exhibit trail carved by time and bleached by the sun Pink Ribbons decorate the hillsides across the badlands from the north on Highway 240 If the badlands don’t do it for ya, Dakota’s Best will. Leave a Reply Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published.CommentName* Email* Website Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email.