"On Second Glance: Not So Bad After All" Top 5 Page for this destination Badlands National Park by richiecdisc
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With visions of The Great Dust Bowl and hearty homesteaders trying to eke out an existence in this harsh terrain, it is easy to see why many write off this area as a bleak lifeless place. Life does exist and Native Americans have been doing just that for 11 thousand years. European settlers did not fare so well aside from unusually high periods of precipitation. Even this had detrimental effects on a land more fragile than it looks in the form of overuse, only furthering erosion.
Badlands was designated a National Monument in 1929 and became a National Park close to 50 years later. While many think only of its eroded buttes, pinnacles and spires, much of the park is prairie, in fact the biggest protected track of mixed grass prairie in the United States. On an overcast day, you could drive right by unimpressed by what appears at first a bleak landscape but if the sun is out and in particular if it is low in the sky, these very rock formations take on a much more spectacular glow and the creatures who call this land home come out to play when this very land is its most livable.
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