Inside the Badlands

It’s impossible to describe properly and with justice, the unbelievable beauty of Badlands National Park.

An alien in the land it is set in – towering columns of rocks placed in the flat prairies of the Midwest. Even photographs cannot fully capture the vastness and the grandeur of the land.

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"I felt overwhelmed by the seemingly endless rock formations that surrounded me"

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I felt overwhelmed by the seemingly endless rock formations that surrounded me. Each peak and valley of the park was carved by water. Like a maze of rocks, you twist and turn through the Badlands, and are constantly greeted with new views.

As you venture deeper and explore closer, you begin to appreciate the subtleties of the badlands—the pinks and oranges in the layers of rocks, the long soft grass brushing against your legs, the sound of the sand crunching beneath your boot.

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Photographs and Writing by Tyler Park