Badlands National Park, located in the southwestern part of South Dakota (and close to the Black Hills National Forest) is an absolutely stunning park full of natural beauty and rich geological history. The Scenic Badlands Loop (highway SD 240) brings visitors along a winding road with phenomenal views, and hiking in the rugged terrain is very popular. There are lots of opportunities to spot wildlife—prairie dogs, bighorn sheep, and even bison! If you’re thinking of trekking out to the Badlands, this is your sign—pack your bags! Here are 15 pictures to make you want to visit the Badlands:

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Have you ever visited Badlands National Park? Let me know in the comments below!