Badlands National Park of South Dakota

For Truck Campers Traveling Though South Dakota

The Badlands

Truck campers will agree that the Badlands of South Dakota is a place of extremes.  Plan a visit during the summer and curse the heat and the violent lighting storms.  Yet you are excited by the wildlife and wildflowers. Visit the winter and be chilled by the cold and winds while marveling at the snow-dusted buttes.

The prairie contains 60 species of grass that once covered one-third of North America.  Today patchwork remnants of native grass represent adaptations of millions of years of changing conditions and sustain a diverse citizenry.  The grassland occurs because the land is too dry to support trees while being too wet to be considered a desert.


Abundant Wildlife

Once a thriving forest of grass and hundreds of species of wildflowers that support black-tail prairie dogs, mule deer, pronghorn, bison, coyotes, and bighorn sheep.


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