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.
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.