SR 240 makes a 40-mile loop through the South Dakota Badlands, a region of multicolored, deeply eroded rock formations still being shaped by the wind. The Visitor Center at Cedar Pass, towards the eastern end of the route, displays many fossils found in the area.
The Badlands should be visited at the right time of day: early morning or late afternoon. The low-lying sun brings out delicate mineral hues from the rock formations, hues washed out by the bright midday sun.
Prairie dog in the Badlands
Door Trail, Badlands National Park
Deer in the Badlands
Roadscape near Yellow Buttes
Changing Scenes Overlook
Roadscape in the Badlands
FOR MORE INFORMATION:
Barbara Tomovick & Kimberly Metz, The Insiders' Guide to South Dakota's Black Hills and Badlands (2d ed. 2002)
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