We spent a really fun, long day here. First, we arrived at a covered shelter in the middle of the park just in time to attend a short, but informative, ranger presentation about the park and the fossils found within it. The Badlands is the largest source of mammal fossils in the world! (Who knew?)
We were amazed to find out that the park actually encourages visitors to go off trail and wander around, but carefully.
So we did.
Just be careful and watch out for rattlesnakes.
Not quite as colorful as expected, everything seemed washed-out today, probably due to the drought conditions they’ve been experiencing lately, but still an awesome and fun National Park.
We also attempted the Saddleback Trail: rated “Strenuous”. Wow. Rob made it all the way up to the pinnacle and back down again, with some difficulty. I turned around once it became nearly vertical. Look closely here to find him on the way back down.
About 2/3 of visitors turned back halfway up this ridiculously steep and slippery trail. Do not attempt without good hiking shoes, water, and other proper hiking gear.