Sal's Journey to the Badlands

Kevin John Conte

Change in the Badlands

The Badlands was registered as a National Park in January 10, 1978. Before the Badlands were used for hunting grounds and the white hunters exterminated bison from the Badlands. The hunters got pushed out by settlers in the 19th century.


In the summer the weather is fairly warm and has highs up to 116 F. In the winter the weather reaches really low temperatures that goes as low as -40 F. The weather can be extreme in the summer and winter with varying temperatures.

History of the Badlands

The Badlands have sharply eroded buttes, gullies, and ridges. The Badlands are cut from deep alluvial and volcanic ash deposits that have been sculptured into fantastic forms by the continuous winds and water falling infrequent but torrential downpours.

Interesting facts

  • Encompassing territory originally held by the Sioux Nation of Plains Indians.
  • It contains 244,000 acres of untouched wilderness, including visually striking hills and valleys, along with grass prairie.
  • The park as notably the American bison and smaller animals such as the badger and black tailed prairie dog. since 1994 the park has served as the site for the reintroduction of the black-footed ferret, one of the most endangered animals in the world.
  • The Lakota indians believe the ghost dance pushed the white men out of the park.

Badlands Native americans

American Indians used this sacred land, which provided both physical and spiritual sustenance, as hunting grounds. American Indians have had a presence in the area now known as the Badlands for more than 11,000 years. The little-studied paleo-Indians arrived first, followed by the Arikara. 150 years ago, the Great Sioux Nation, consisting of seven bands including the Oglala Lakota, moved into the area. They found the Arikara and forced them northward.