The Lakota called the place mako sika. Early French trappers referred to it as les mauvaises terres a traverser. Both mean “bad lands.” It may have been a bad place for early travelers, but to us, it is magical. Here are some images I captured early on Thursday morning before we left the park. Because of recent rains in the area, the formations were moist, making the colors more vivid than they have been on our previous visits.
Each time we have been here, the views have been different. This may have been the best so far.