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welcome monument at the Painted Canyon

The two RV Gypsies at The Painted Canyon
in North Dakota
June 6 & 7, 2012
The Painted Canyon is part of The Theodore Roosevelt National Park
just off of I-94 in western North Dakota
While the two RV Gypsies were traveling west on 1-94, a scenic road within itself, they came across the Painted Canyon Overlook, about seven miles east of Medora. The two RV Gypsies began their visit to the Theodore Roosevelt National Park at the Painted Canyon Overlook with a spectacular view of the Badlands, a flat desert landscape broken by petrified wood and rock formations. Although it was a cloudy day with light rain, the images of color and light playing across the face of the wild and broken land was an amazing sight. The view had a quiet, haunting beauty. Wind and water shape the canyons; light and shadows add depth and contrast to define their character.
sign: welcome to the Painted Canyon
Here on the upper margin of the Badlands is a magnificent panorama of the broken topography in its colorful hues. No admission fees were charged at Painted Canyon. The Painted Canyon was really so much more colorful than what shows in these photos because the photos were taken on a rainy day.
June 6, 2012 - a rainy day at the Painted Canyon
panorama of the Painted Canyon as seen from the rim by The Visitor Center
June 7, 2012 - Below is the same photo as above, but on a sunnier day at the Painted Canyon
panorama of the Painted Canyon as seen from the rim by The Visitor Center
A panorama of the Painted Canyon and the hiking trail to the bottom of the canyon.
The Painted Canyon
Views of the Painted Canyon from an overlook
View of the major rock formation at The Painted Desert
View of the major rock formation at The Painted Desert
View of the major rock formation at The Painted Desert
View of the major rock formation at The Painted Desert
View of the major rock formation at The Painted Desert
June 7, 2012 - The two RV Gypsies decided to walk the Painted Canyon Trail Head.
It is a one-mile loop, easy walking.
sign: Painted Canyon Trail Head hiking trail
Lee Duquette on the Painted Canyon Trail Head
viewing the rock formations from part way down the hiking trail
viewing the rock formations from part way down the hiking trail
viewing the rock formation from further down the hiking trail
viewing the rock formation from further down the hiking trail
viewing the rock formation from further down the hiking trail
Part way down the trail, the two RV Gypsies could hear the people at the top of the rim, but could barely see them.
people at the top of the trail
Animal poop along the trail - Lee insisted on taking this photo
poop
close-up of the rock formation at Painted Canyon
rock formations at Painted canyon
The two RV Gypsies at the bottom of the trail.
Karen Duquette was amazed at the view from the bottom of the canyon and got a different view of the colorful mound that she had photographed from above a bit earlier..
The two RV Gypsies at the bottom of the trail.
Karen Duquette pointing to famous rock formation at the Painted Canyon
An amazing view from ground level
at the Painted Canyon
This looks like hard rock, but
it was soft moist clay
an amazing view from ground level of the Painted Canyon
moist clay on the bottom of the Painted Canyon
Lee Duquette at the Painted Canyon
overview of the Painted Canyon from the bottom
This was a relatively easy trail, except for the fact that it rained the day before and there was a bit of water and a lot of gooey mud to walk through.
water and mud

Look Below
Menu for the two RV Gypsies in North Dakota,
June 2012

Below are eight (8) sections of the adventures of the two RV Gypsies in North Dakota. You may view them in any order you wish. There is also another link below this menu.

White Buffalo in Jamestown

Fargo, Walk of Fame, The Woodchipper

Enchanted Highway

Big Oddities

Theodore Roosevelt Nat'l Park
& wildlife

Rugby - the Geographical Center
of North America

The Painted Canyon

The International Peace Garden

Look Below

go to the next adventure of the two RV Gypsies AFTER you have seen all six (6) sections above, please continue on to Wibaux - The Gateway to Montana, plus Makoshika State Park - The Badlands of eastern Montana.