Mako Sica, “Land of the Bad” Day 3
Yesterday’s twelve-mile hike of Castle Trail through Badlands National Park was at a pace that allowed me to take in all the details. It was an otherworldly experience that you can read about here. Today however I wanted to take a wider and more general approach to my exploration of what the original natives called “Mako Sica,” or “Land Bad.”
Badlands Loop Road is a forty-mile loop in and around the park with many spots to pull off the road and take in the incredible natural formations from a wide-angle. I started near Ben Reifel Visitor Center and headed west in my vehicle, stopping at every great composition I could find.
Once I completed my round-trip of Badlands Loop Road, I took some time to rest before going out for the golden hour at the end of the day.
Tomorrow, I’ll head home from this brief, but incredible exploration of Badlands National Park. But before I take the five-hour drive home, I plan to do one more short hike at Notch Trail in the morning. I’m looking forward to this trail that clings to cliffs before it ends at a sheer drop-off and incredible view. Stay tuned!