The Badlands in July can be an inhospitable place, it was 109 the first day we arrived. But it is also a place of delicate pastels and vibrant sunsets with rapidly changing light as summer thunderstorms routinely pass through.
The wildlife includes the typical American prairie animals such as bison, pronghorn, bighorn sheep, prairie dogs, Black-footed ferrets, turkeys and rattlesnakes.
The Badlands have supported humans for over 11,000 years, first came the mammoth hunters and much later came nomadic tribes hunting bison. Eventually the native Americans were forced out by European trappers, miners, cattle farmers and homesteaders. Their struggles culminated in the massacre at Wounded Knee in 1890.
Just simply driving through is not enough, you need to stop and spend a day or two to really see and appreciate the changing faces and the amazing light and colors of this park.