North Dakota Badlands Springtime Beauty
February 19, 2022
Springtime beauty abounds in North Dakota's badlands with vibrant green grass and trees decorating many of the multi-colored barren buttes with fog blanketing the valley below ... with all under a stunning blue reddish sky.
This scene is within the Theodore Roosevelt National Park that preserves three areas of rugged, beautiful badlands in southwestern North Dakota. The park was established in honor of the landscape's influence on Theodore Roosevelt who, as a young man, hunted and ranched in North Dakota's Little Missouri Badlands. Theodore Roosevelt could not have imagined how his adventure in this remote and unfamiliar place would forever alter the course of the nation. The rugged landscape and strenuous life that he experienced here would help shape a conservation policy that we still benefit from today.
Image created by USA Patriotism! from U.S. National Park Service photo by Kathy Turner.