The French called this area “les mauvaises terres a traverser” or “bad lands to cross”, which is how Badlands National Park got its name. This is a land of “peaks, gullies, buttes, and wide prairies”, where temperatures in summer are very hot and in winter can have snow capping the multicolored rock.
Badlands is located in the prairies, which are too wet to be deserts but too dry to grow trees. Animals include bison, antelope, prairie dogs, mule deer, and coyote.
A visit here will leave you feeling like the only person on earth, as it is rare to run across a lot of people.