The Badlands of North Dakota are best seen in Theodore Roosevelt National Park. Unfortunately smoky wind from Canadian wildfires obscured the distant views, but the panoramas were indeed spectacular with their multi-layered bands of sediments.
The park is named for the man who came to western North Dakota to recover from the deaths of his wife and mother, and subsequently became an ardent advocate for the healing powers of life in the outdoors. Through his conservation efforts as President by establishing preserves, national parks, forests, and monuments, Roosevelt protected 230 million acres of land for future generations of Americans to enjoy the natural wonders of the outdoors as he had.
Driving through the park, you’re likely to see a variety of wildlife.
“We have become great because of the lavish use of our resources. But the time has come to inquire seriously what will happen when our forests are gone, when the coal, the iron, the oil, and the gas are exhausted, when the soils have still further impoverished and washed into the streams, polluting the rivers, denuding the fields and obstructing navigation.” Theodore Roosevelt