Tetons & Yellowstone – Badlands National Park

On the up-side, the campground in the Badlands had showers.  On the down-side, they were cold.  We did a variety of shorter trails on the second day.

Cliff Shelf Trail – a shorter loop following a boardwalk through juniper trees with a geologic slump.

Door Trail – a three quarter mile trail down a boardwalk through a break in the formations (the door) and out into the unmaintained area.

Window Trail – a quarter mile trail to a window overlooking where we had just been on the Door Trail.

Notch Trail – this was the longest trail of the day through a canyon, up a log ladder and along a ridge to an overlook of the White River Valley.  This was the most interesting hike, walking along a canyon ridge.

Badlands - Notch Trail

Overall the Badlands were very open – we were free to hike around almost anywhere, including on the formations.  For the most part, the formations were not solid rock as in the mountains, but more sandstone / compressed sand.  They were easily crumbled and seemed like they could be washed away by a strong rain.

After the hiking for day we went back past the Visitor Center/ store / campground, stopped in to buy Badlands souvenirs and had a picnic lunch.

Second half of the day was more of a driving tour West through some other portions of the park – lots of views and overlooks, including the Yellow Mounds Overlook, the Prairie Dog Town and a few other areas.

As we continued on our way home that evening, we got the standard assault of “Wall Drug” signs.  I lost count, but it was probably around 50.  We resisted stopping at Wall or the Corn Palace.

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