Badlands National Park of South Dakota

For Truck Campers Traveling Though South Dakota

Truck campers will agree that the Badlands of South Dakota is a place of extremes: visit in the summer and curse the heat and the violent lighting storms, yet you are excited by the wildlife and wildflowers – visit in 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.

Once a thriving forest, now contains 60 species 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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