In our last post, we showed you the fantastic time we had on the Explorer Bus tour and camping in Dinosaur Provincial Park. There were so many photos, we figured we would split them up to show you another highlight: The Badlands hike. An employee suggested we take the kids on this hike and we could instantly see why the Badlands Trail was her favourite — fascinating views all around, and a super easy hike to do with the kids. It really did feel like their claim of it being “the largest and most spectacular area of Badlands found in Canada” was justified. We were told it would take 45 minutes. Even with us stopping to take photos, the blazing heat, and having three kids nearly five and under in tow, we finished in less time, without feeling like we rushed or did not get to take it all in.
We even had two Deer friends join us. Jacob was quite fussy and voicing his anger when they appeared and we had to keep backing up a bit to give them their distance. One of them kept walking towards us, trying to figure out why Jacob was crying. The Deer seriously looked concerned; it was an interesting few moments. When Jacob calmed down, they carried on their way. We had not thought that many animals, especially Deer, would live within the Badlands landscape, but were surprised to learn from the information boards that many do.
There was also a loop that you could drive around the Badlands and take a few stops to admire some fossils that were in display cases; the first few photos are from that drive. The hike we did was at the beginning of the loop you can drive, just a few minute walk from our campsite.
Take a look at this breathtaking landscape: