Badlands National Park

The Badlands of South Dakota is rugged and barren, and distinct in the parks system. It is a geologic mecca, and is littered with rich fossil deposits. Hikers passing through the Badlands can expect to see an array of rock formations such as canyons and cliffs. Backcountry thrill-seekers won’t be disappointed, as the Badlands’ Sage Creek Wilderness Area has miles upon miles of empty, permit-free backcountry.