Panoramic view of the Painted Canyon. We took a nice 1 mile loop hike down into it.
Just a nice shot through some trees
On the scenic loop drive, we came across a herd of 200-300 buffalo crossing the road to get down to a stream to the left. We turned off the engine and watched them for half an hour.
We finished out the Lower 48 states on the sticker map by coming to see North Dakota. I thought we'd just cross the state line to fill the square, but Laurie found this really cool National Park.
Prairie dog towns were everywhere
North Dakota badlands
A cool looking dome that somehow managed to avoid getting eroded into the valley floor
Another view of the herd
It was really encouraging to see so many calves in the herd. I bet we saw a couple dozen youngsters, usually trying to nurse while their mother was trying to walk to the next hunk of green grass.
The park has like 150 "feral" horses. We saw a couple different groups. The ranger stopped short of calling them "wild." I don't know the difference.