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The natural beauty and majesty of nature overwhelm many people when they visit national parks. Others, however, have a . . . less enthusiastic response. One visitor to Badlands National Park in South Dakota left a review that fell into the latter category:

I didn’t see what the big deal was. We drove a million years to see some semi impressive rock formations? And there were RATTLESNAKES everywhere? Dumb. You lose cell service because you’re in Nowhere USA. The only thing bad about these lands is entire experience. Waste of time. Thank god I was drunk in the backseat for the majority of the trip.

One of the advantages of going into national parks is the opportunity to unplug. Technology is so pervasive in our everyday lives and it can be overwhelming. Everything is electronic and our activities can easily be dictated by how close we are to a phone charger.

Badlands National Park cell phone

However, that’s what is so beautiful about the national parks. You have the opportunity to enjoy nature and actually see something, not just experience it through a screen. As for the rattlesnakes . . . that’s kind of like Goldilocks wandering in the three bears’ house and saying, “Wait, there are bears here???”

Animals tend to live in their habitats.

Feeling Good in the Badlands

Badlands National Park

Badlands National Park has one of the world’s richest fossil beds. It was also home to many ancient animals like saber-tooth cats.Today, the Badlands are abundant with wildlife like bison, prairie dogs, bighorn sheep, black-footed ferrets, and, yes, rattlesnakes.

Badlands rattlesnake


The park extends over 244,000 acres where visitors can hike and camp and enjoy this unique geological area. We love the ability to take photos as much as the next person, but sometimes it’s nice to just sit and enjoy the beauty of the natural world.


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