The western border offered the best views of the contrast of plateaus and the hill features.
The bike on an overlook.
The contrast of the hills to the plains is amazing.
Before the sun came up.
Before the sun came over the horizon the sky was already being painted pretty colors.
I was up before dawn, raced through the Badlands in the dark before daybreak just to watch the sun eclipse the horizon from this vantage. It was totally worth it.
Sunrise hitting the cliff face.
The contrast of the sunrise illuminating the hill features was breathtaking. I'm sad I didn't point a time lapse at this particular scene, as it took just a few minutes from the first rays of light to hit the top to flood the entire feature.
Sunrise illuminating the hill features.
The view from where I was at watching the sun rise was higher up in elevation and you could see for miles over the prairie.
The sunrise looked like a painting for nearly an hour.
This sunrise photo is completely unaltered, that's just how pretty it came out of the camera.
The sun coming up over the border between the Badlands and the eastward hills. I really liked the contrast between the shadows, hills and grasses being illuminated from the east.
Sunrise cliff features right outside the visitor center.
The locals at a bar gave me directions to where I could "go play on the Badlands dunes". I just had to find out.
The trail turned into some two track and single track, and gave me great views of the cliff features looking east from the flats.
After rolling a few miles down a dirt road in a straight line through rolling hills, I encountered the first curve with some well placed trees.
My first drive of model "Bullet Ridden and Left Rusting in a Field" car. It handled about how you'd expect without any wheels, and the seat was an uncomfortable pile of barbed wire, but I have to admit the chrome was still gorgeously intact.
Cottonwoods? in the hills.
This guy pointed me to some dirt roads and gave me the "rules" of the area I was exploring. Nice indian chap.