The North Dakota Badlands

by Eric J H Joyce March. 30, 2008 2721 views

The Badlands…some call it “The Land God Forgot”, others call it one of the most mysterious and beautiful places on Earth, still others liken its rugged terrain and awe inspiring rock formations to a lunar landscape.

Theodore Roosevelt National Park:

Theodore Roosevelt first came to the badlands in September 1883 on a hunting trip. While here he became interested in the cattle business and invested in the Maltese Cross Ranch. He returned the next year and established the Elkhorn Ranch. Years later he stated several times, “I never would have been President if it had not been for my experiences in North Dakota.”

Painted Canyon

5 hour drive from Fargo. When you see how flat Eastern North Dakota is it really does seem like you have stepped into a new world.

A common sign when you enter the park: Warning: Buffalo are wild animals and can be extremely dangerous. It is best to view these animals from a distance.

The buffalo (Bison) is the largest mammal, and some say the most ferocious, on the North American continent. A full grown bull can weigh over 2,000 pounds and stand more than 6 feet tall at the shoulder. They can run up to 35 miles per hour and turn faster than a horse.

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Liz Reasey 12 years, 4 months ago

What a beautiful place! Great photos!

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Laura 12 years, 4 months ago

These vast lands seem so strange to a girl born in an island!
Beautiful post!

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Péter Somogyvári 12 years, 4 months ago

My best books from childhood...Great!

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Michelle 12 years, 4 months ago

Wonderful set.

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Mikkal Noptek 12 years, 4 months ago

Beautiful landscapes and interesting words

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Lotofoto 12 years, 4 months ago

Wow! These shots are wonderful and I loved learning from your words.

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Leocheung 12 years, 4 months ago

Magnificent!

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Kim 12 years, 4 months ago

You made the Badlands look like Goodlands--:-)

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Storytaylor 12 years, 4 months ago

thanks for this pleasant journey. superb photos and landscapes.

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Jet28 12 years, 4 months ago

Great tour - thanks! Have to see this for myself one day :-)

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Erik Mcaninch 12 years, 4 months ago

nice region i like it

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K C Ng 12 years, 4 months ago

Wow, beautiful place :))

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Lexlevans 12 years, 4 months ago

these are absolutely stunning photos! i love them - what a cool place. and buffalo always crack me up - except i always think of the buffalo farms in northern michigan where they are live stock and raised for buffalo burgers.. ick! #1 is my fave! :-)

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Cathrine Stewart 12 years, 4 months ago

Oh my, these shots are breathe taking. Very, very nice.

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