The night I got there, the night of September 24th, 2016, it was raining and storming. But it was really cool to be able to see Devils Tower in the rain and mist and fog.
After I left the Badlands National Park, I drove for about twenty miles West in order to get to the Badlands Petrified Gardens in Kadoka, South Dakota.
The morning I woke up in the Badlands was a amazing morning, as wildlife flourished. I saw bison, songbirds, magpies, prairie dogs, and a coyote that was hunting through the prairie dog towns.
When I was in Rapid City, South Dakota, I went to three free places of interest: The Dinosaur Park, The Museum of Geology, and the Air and Space Museum.
In the park, I ended up hanging out at an overlook for around 45 minutes, overlooking and watching a bison herd that was around 40-50 bison strong.
This was a pretty neat place, a place that I only discovered of due to talking to that woman in the Metals Sports Bar and Grill in Butte, Montana the day before.
It was a cool place, a place where three rivers converge: The Jefferson River, Madison River, and Gallatin River. At this convergence, the Missouri River starts.
I went to Lewis and Clark Caverns State Park the night that I got to Montana. For lunch that day I had stopped in Butte, Montana, and went to a restaurant called Metals Sports Bar and Grill and got some good advice.
Craters of the Moon National Monument and Preserve in Idaho is a truly unique place. There was a lot of volcanic activity in the area 2000 years ago that left lava flows, spatter cones, lava tubes, and more.
I visited Willard Bay State Park after driving through the Great Salt Lake Desert to get to Salt Lake City. It was a cool place to stay the night for sure, a great spot to have found by chance.
I had to do a guided tour of the cave, as they don’t just let anyone into the caves, which is honestly a great idea, as caves truly are very fragile places.
I first need to say that I had no idea what this park contained until I arrived. All I knew was that it was a National Park in Nevada. It contained desert, mountains, caves… it had it all.