Fandango’s Flashback Friday 3-4-18

MLMM Tale Weaver 161 – Badlands National Park, South Dakota

Not exactly a Tale weaved here, but traveling here was a wonderful experience for my family when the kids were small. My dad grew up around here in South Dakota, Wyoming Montana and Idaho.

Located 50 miles east of Mt. Rushmore and the Black Hills, Badlands National Park consists of 244,000 acres of sharply eroded buttes, pinnacles and spires blended with the largest, protected mixed grass prairie in the United States.

The Lakota people were the first to call this place “mako sica” or “land bad.” Extreme temperatures, lack of water, and the exposed rugged terrain led to this name. In the early 1900’s, French-Canadian fur trappers called it “les mauvais terres pour traverse,” or “bad lands to travel through.”Apr 10, 2015

Frequently Asked Questions – Badlands National Park (U.S. … › badl › faqs

For badlands to form, the land must be composed of alternating layers of hard and soft rocks and soil. When easily eroded material, such as clay or mud stone, is topped by more resistant material, such as sandstone, the harder horizontal layers offer some protection to the beds of soft deposits below.