Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Badlands... Interior, South Dakota



"I was totally unprepared for that revelation called the Dakota Bad Lands."
--- Frank Lloyd Wright

I've been to Badlands once and when I look back over my photos I see a lot of missed oppertunities. The quote is fitting...
I need to go back

Containing the world’s richest Oligocene epoch fossil beds, dating 37-28 million years old, the evolutionary stories of mammals such as the horse and rhinoceros arise from the 244,000 acres of sharply eroded buttes, pinnacles, and spires. Bison, bighorn sheep, endangered black-footed ferrets, and swift fox roam one of the largest, protected mixed-grass prairies in the United States.
Authorized as Badlands National Monument on March 4, 1929, President Franklin Roosevelt issued a proclamation on January 25, 1939 that established Badlands National Monument. In the late 60's, Congress passed legislation adding more than 130,000 acres of Oglala Sioux tribal land, used since World War II as a U.S. Air Force bombing and gunnery range, to the Badlands to be managed by the National Pakr Service. An agreement between the Oglala Sioux Tribe and the National Park Service governing the management of these lands was signed in 1976. The new Stronghold and Palmer Creek units added lands having significant scenic, scientific and cultural resources. Congress again focused it's attention on the Badlands in 1978 on 10 November, it was redesignated as Badlands National Park.

Badlands National Park is located in Southwestern corner of South Dakota just north of the town of Interior. Badlands is located in Pennington and Jackson Counties.

25216 Ben Reifel Road
P.O. Box 6
Interior, South Dakota 57750