A short boardwalk takes visitors out onto the edge of a wide stretch in the badlands. Signs at the end warn more serious explorers of the lack of water and the ease of getting lost in the twists and folds of the landscape. Beyond the boardwalk was a maze of narrow gullies winding through the rock to the distant peaks.
Water and wind have carved the soft stone into myriad peaks and columns.
A welcome swath of thin cloud provided some variation in the otherwise oppressively-open sky. Most people would probably prefer a clear blue sky, but I've always been more at home with trees towering overhead or fog and clouds blanketing me in.
Does anyone else see the face in the rock? Perhaps a relative of the man on the moon?
This formation was especially striking to me, with the smaller triangular peaks fanning out at the base of the larger one.
Stepped pyramids top this formation, with a series of smaller peaks in front creating a winding path of light and shadow.
The face in the rock shares the Badlands with other creatures. Anyone see the Egyptian cat on the right with its back against the rocks?
Just to show that not all the residents of the park are mineral in nature, we did see a small herd of bighorn sheep. The ram was kind enough to pose for me.