Badlands National Park in South Dakota is usually associated with nefarious cowboys from the past, but what makes the area unique when it comes to its geological and biological history? Originally proposed as Wonderland National Park, the public decided that the Badlands was a much more fitting name. It was established as a National Memorial in 1939, and was redesignated as a National Park in 1978. The Badlands preserves 242,756 acres of wind eroded buttes, pinnacles, and spires along with the largest mixed-grass prairie within the National Park system. Learn more about the Badlands National Park with the help of The Viewbelow.
Source: The National Parks Service