SOUTH DAKOTA: Badlands National Park

June 9th ~ South Dakota ~

A rainbow of colors at Badlands National Park


Designated a National Monument in 1939, it is a relatively young National Park, getting that status in 1978. Drawing around a million visitors a year, the parks 244,000 acres is home to bison, bighorn sheep, prairie dogs and black-footed ferrets.

Badlands National Park

The striking geological deposits contain one of the world’s richest fossil beds and there is now a fossil research lab at the Ben Reifel Visitors Center.

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“No words of mine can describe these Bad Lands. One set of buttes, with cones and minarets, gives place in the next mile to natural freaks of different variety never dreamed of by mortal man…The painter’s whole palette is on one bluff.” ~ Frederick Remington, American Landscape Painter and Explorer

Big horn sheep on the rocks with babies

Some pictures of mother and son enjoying some special moments together.

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Shortly before we left Illinois, we found out that Shirley can still touch her toes. Sooooo, I decided to take a picture of her at each of the National Parks that we stop at doing just that. She is putting me to shame 🙂

Not bad for (almost) 83 years young


A tourist trap, but an iconic one none-the-less. The town of Wall was founded by the Chicago/Northwestern Railroad in 1907, it has a current population of 876. What floored me was the number of people who stop here – an estimated 2 million annual visitors every year – TWICE as many as those who visit Badlands National Park!!!

Wall Drug

A little known fact is that Wall Drug has over 300 original oil paintings in the Western art Gallery Dining Rooms. This acquisition represents one of the best private collections of original Western and Illustration Art in the country.

A tiny glimpse of the art in the dining room

GRATITUDE MOMENT: Today I am grateful for Shirley’s willingness to try things that are new or may be uncomfortable for her. Being a “flatlander” from Illinois, mountain roads with sharp curves and sudden drop offs can be intimidating. She is doing a great job of going with the flow and I am very proud of her.

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About Tim and Joanne Joseph

Hi and welcome! We are Tim and Joanne Joseph and we have just embarked on our latest adventure. We hope you will join us!
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30 Responses to SOUTH DAKOTA: Badlands National Park

  1. Darlene says:

    Your mother-in-law is amazing. I am so impressed. I love badlands. We had some on our ranch in Alberta, Canada.

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  2. sheilsm says:

    Where did you end up camping?


    • Tim found a small place called “Wolf Camp Campground”. Great location for a three night stay to see this area. Beautiful scenery, but the facility is lacking. Does not seem to have any onsite management. Cafe is closed. Restrooms outdated and needing attention. We had a group of bikers next to us that were loud and drinking heavily which made it challenging to sleep. We are the only RV here with a few tent campers and two cabins. Only small RVs would fit.


  3. joliesattic says:

    Western art tends to take you back to a time we can only imagine. Neat. The buttes remind me of the Bookcliffs that line Hwy 70 in Colorado. They too, house many fossils and dinosaur bones.


  4. lolaWi says:

    thank you for sharing your wonderful journey! your mother-in-law is amazing. great photos! 🙂


  5. brandib1977 says:

    I love this post!! The best part though may be the toe touching pictures! When I travel I have pictures taken of me with a sign that says “Mom and dad. I’m fine.” Lol. They love getting the pictures and it’s a fun tradition! Thanks for sharing your thoughts on this park. I’ll be visiting in September (with my sign in hand) and appreciate your thoughts. Safe travels!!


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  7. salpal1 says:

    I love Shirley touching her toes! Reminds me of my grandmother who also could do that well into her 90’s. Tell Shirley to keep doing it every day!


  8. M Miles says:

    It looks beautiful there!


  9. Looks amazing and may now be on the bucket list lol


  10. Tim Harlow says:

    Thanks for the great post. 83 and can still touch her toes. She gives us hope. Badlands looks like a great place. One more for my “list”.

    Liked by 1 person

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