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About a month ago, I decided that I would drive from St. Paul, Minnesota to Badlands National Park, in South Dakota. It was a long seven hour drive, but it was well worth it. I think Badlands National Park is an often overlooked national treasure. The landscape is remarkable and wildlife is everywhere. I was also surprised (especially this year) to see wildflowers growing throughout the park.
Since most of the United States is experiencing serious drought conditions this year, I did not expect to see the many flowers and the lush green landscapes all across the park . The terrain in Badlands National Park is very diverse with landscapes varying from rugged red layered rock cliffs to soft multicolored hills of rock to flat green prairies. The morning and evening light further enhances the gorgeous colors of the rock formations. Many people quickly drive through the badlands on their way to Mount Rushmore; missing much of the incredible, diverse, beautiful landscape, wildlife and vegetation.
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