There is something both beautiful and eerie in the geologic formations that make up Badlands National Park. Badlands are areas where the clay soil erodes through wind and water action, creating weird peaks and both lush and dry valleys. The horizontal stripes in some of the formations are created by alternating layers of sand, silt and clay.
We went to the campfire programs which were a short walk from the campground, and they were some of the best we’ve ever participated in. Volunteers set up telescopes, so you can look for the moon, Jupiter, and other objects in the solar system before or after each campfire program. Really informative and fun!
This area can get really hot, so we were fortunate that it wasn’t too bad during our stay in late June. However, we did our hiking first thing in the morning to make sure we didn’t get overheated. I think a lot of people go to the Black Hills and skip the Badlands, but this is a mistake. The Badlands are a wonderful contrast to the greener, lusher Black Hills area. Do both!