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Facts, History, and Wildlife of Badlands National Park

When you step into Badlands National Park, you're going to feel like you are walking into the wilds of a different planet. This park, formed by the whipping winds of the prairies, is defined by its eroded buttes that seem to rise from the ground. The soft prairie grasses that glide in the wind contradict the harshness of the environment. 

You will quickly become enamored with this national park. Before you fall victim to its glory, you'll want to learn a little more about this park:

Facts to Know About Badlands National Park

  • Badlands National Park earned its name because of the rugged landscape that dominates the region. 

  • Aspiring paleontologists may be able to find a fossil or two while they trek through the park. There are many fossils tucked just below the surface, waiting to be discovered.

  • Erosion continues to shape and form this national park to this day, ensuring that visitors always have something new to discover.

The History of Badlands National Park

The lands that comprise Badlands National Park are ancient and have been the home of both wildlife species and native people for thousands of years. The region was declared a national monument in 1939, and it wasn't until 1978 that it joined the ranks as a national park. There are three distinct units within the park, including the North Unit, Palmer Creek Unit, and Stronghold Unit. 

Wildlife Species that Call Badlands National Park Home

Wildlife species thrive in these harsh lands. Visitors to Badlands National Park are likely to spot grazing bison and bighorn sheep as well as snapping turtles and prairie rattlesnakes. Of course, there are tiny creatures that call this place home as well. For example, there are 69 different butterfly species located within the park.

To enjoy the full Badlands National Park experience, you will want to stay in one of the only resorts located within the park boundaries. Cedar Pass Lodge is an innovative resort that offers both cabins for those who want to stay on-site as well as campsites and RV stations for those who want to immerse themselves in the great outdoors. 

For more information on why it's beneficial to stay on location when planning a National Parks trip, contact Forever Resorts today.


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