The Wide Open Road

The Wide Open Road, originally uploaded by swanksalot.

This was really the highlight of my month, maybe my year. I didn’t really plan to go to Sheep Mountain, but on a whim took a side road at Scenic, South Dakota (ha, insider joke, more on that later), and ended up here. Didn’t see another human for many hours, no signs of humans either.

From Google Maps

This is a rarely-used spot in the Stronghold Unit portion of Badlands National Park. A 4WD vehicle is necessary to drive up on top of the table, which was used for tribal meetings. Now it lets the visitor enjoy a spectacular view of the badlands to the north and east, and experience a spot not easily reached by many Badlands visitors.

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