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Posts From The Road: Badlands National Park

on September 15, 2019 - 2:44pm
Overview: We entered the Badlands National Park at the eastern entrance, which is about 70 miles east of Rapid City, S.D. and just a short drive off of I-90. The Ben Reifel Visitors Center is near the entrance and is a good place to get park information and maps. Shown is a view near the visitors center as you begin the 39-mile loop drive through the park. Photo by Gary Warren/ladailypost.com
 
Vivid Colors: In the late spring the grasses are still a lush green giving a pleasing contrast to the rugged rock pinnacles, buttes and mounds, which make up the park. The formations can be almost white to red and darker hues and many have various colorful layers created over millions of years. Photo by Gary Warren/ladailypost.com
 
By GARY WARREN
Photographer
Formerly of Los Alamos
 
Badlands National Park is located in southwestern South Dakota a few miles east of the Black Hills. In a part of the state that is made up of prairie grasslands, the rugged formations of the badlands create a striking contrast in the landscape.
 
It has been two years since we visited this magnificent park but it remains one of our favorites and we look forward to a return visit. We were at the park during the last week of May and found that to be an ideal time to visit as later in the summer the weather can become very hot.
 
Editor’s note: Longtime Los Alamos photographer Gary Warren and his wife Marilyn are traveling around the country and he shares his photographs, which appear in the ‘Posts from the Road’ series published in the Sunday edition of the Los Alamos Daily Post.
 
Late Light: The loop road can be seen curving through formations as the late afternoon light fills valley and grass lands. Photo by Gary Warren/ladailypost.com
 
Sunset: The light skims the top of spires as the sun begins to set making the colors come alive as you view across the pinnacle formations. Photo by Gary Warren/ladailypost.com
 
Bighorn Sheep: Bighorn sheep make their presence known as the sun sets leaving the sky ablaze with color. Bighorn sheep, bison, antelope, deer and numerous prairie dogs make the area home. We continued on the loop road and exited the park on the western road, which leads into Wall, S.D. just a few miles to the north. Photo by Gary Warren/ladailypost.com

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