Local News Update

Amyah Hoffman


The striking South Dakota landscape boasts a maze of canyons, pinnacles and spires.

Skeletons of three- toed horses and saber toothed cats are among the many fossilized species found here. Wildlife abounds in the parks 244,000 acres and can often be seen while hiking, camping and traveling the loop scenic byway.


Ruthlessly ravaged over the ages by wind and rain, 380 square miles of wild terrain continue to erode and evolve, sometimes visibly changing shape in a few days. Prairie creatures thrive on the untamed territory, and animal fossils are in abundance.

Plate tectonics/ boundary types, rocks ect

For half a million years, water and wind have sculpted fantastic rock are in southwestern South Dakota, mesmerizing visitors to badlands national park. life is scarce in these stark buttes. But a surrounding ocean of grasslands includes healthy numbers of buffalo, coyotes, pronghorn, and birds of prey. Here are the prairie endures.

Black Hills.

Badlands are about 50-70 miles east of the black hills. The black hills are isolated mountain ranges rising from the great plains of North America in western south Dakota and extending into Wyoming, United States.

Fun facts

  • The park contains numerous examples of wildlife notably the American bison, which gazes on the plains, smaller animals, such as the badger and black tailed prairie dog.
  • The rock in the park is eroding at a rate of 1 inch per year; branches of the Cheyenne, white and bad rivers contribute greatly to the erosion.
  • South Dakota, school of mines come to the park to find fossils every year since 1899.
Badlands National Park, South Dakota