Badlands National Park


The Stark Beauty of Badlands National Park

I stood on the shifty rocks overlooking a wasteland of jagged peaks and otherworldly terrain. The wind was whipping violently at my face, but the landscape before me remained indifferent. What did the Indians think about such a scene as they were being chased from their lands by the white man?

At first glance, the unnatural formations appear to be impenetrable, but after further exploration we found a realm unto its own. Wildlife, flowers and vegetation blooms, but initially is overshadowed by the ethereal terrain.

Come explore the Badlands with us! 

Miles Driven Today: 101

Total Miles Driven: 1,023

Average Gas Price per Gallon: $2.29

States: South Dakota

And so our epic 80 day summer road trip continues – 12 U.S. states, 1 Canadian province and 11 national parks. For the upcoming months, I will be sharing with you our highlights, lowlights, adventures, favorite spots, best tips and our thoughts on three months of road tripping and living in a pop up.  I’ll try to answer any and all of your questions too!  You can also follow our journey via Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.

If you would like to see our full itinerary, start at the beginning here. And Day 1 here.


Next Stop: Custer State Park

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14 Responses

  1. Chris Travels

    I personally loved ALL your outstanding photos of the badlands and cute animals, but the one that “tickled my fancy” the most (am I telling my age here), was of Angela climbing those awesome manmade wooden stairs. How unique they are and looks like a lot of fun, precarious as they may have been!

    • That hike was our favorite in the badlands. The trail (notch trail) ends with a wonderful panoramic view and includes hiking along a ledge with many cliffside birds.

  2. Dana Camp

    Were you the only people there? Awesome pics

    • Lol at sunset it felt like it! During the day though there were people, but not busy at all for some reason. The parking lots weren’t ever full. Maybe June is a good month?

  3. Awesome pictures! I can’t wait to follow along on the rest of your trip! Make sure you drive along Needles Highway in Custer State Park, it’s gorgeous!

  4. Awesome trip so far. Love you two. Enjoy every moment of your long adventure.

    Sure Tyler and Jason will miss you.

    • Thanks Diane! We are going to miss them. 3 months is a long time, but if it keeps going like this past week it’s going to pass by pretty quickly.

  5. Great photos! We enjoyed our return to the Badlands 2 years ago but we missed the log ladder in one of your pics. Where is it? Thanks for a great trip down memory lane.

  6. Love the pictures of the wild creatures roaming freely.. in there safe heaven

  7. I thoroughly enjoyed this one. Cheers!

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