“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Near Chambers in Apache County, Arizona — The American Mountains (Southwest)


Badlands Marker image. Click for full size.
By Michael Kindig, May 18, 2003
1. Badlands Marker
Inscription. Geologists call eroded landscapes such as the Painted Desert "badlands." Summer thunderstorms and winter snowmelt carve the shale and sandstone into mazes of sharp ridges, steep hillsides, and deep V-shaped gullies. Practically waterless, badlands support few plants.

Badlands exist only in dry regions with sparse vegetation. Soft badland sediments, unprotected by plants or by overlying harder caprock, are easily stripped away by infrequent rains. The remaining many-colored hills--with colors derived from chemicals that formed their rock--almost appear to be melting.

Badlands are found throughout the world. Here in the United States, Badlands National Park in South Dakota, Bryce Canyon National Park in Utah, Death Valley National Monument in California, and Theodore Roosevelt National Park in North Dakota also preserve examples of badlands.

Painted Desert badlands at Petrified Forest National Park.

Badlands in Pakistan. Worldwide, badlands represent a wide range in geologic time. These in Pakistan, of the Miocene Epoch, are millions of years younger than those you see here in the Painted Desert.

Badlands at Theodore Roosevelt National Park, North Dakota.
Location. 35° 5.074′ N, 109° 47.288′ 
Badlands image. Click for full size.
By Michael Kindig, May 18, 2003
2. Badlands
W. Marker is near Chambers, Arizona, in Apache County. Marker can be reached from Park Road, on the right when traveling north. Click for map. Marker is located at vista point at Painted Desert Inn. Marker is in this post office area: Chambers AZ 86502, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Painted Desert Inn (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Desert Vistas (approx. 0.8 miles away); Painted Desert / Finding Fossils (approx. one mile away); A Gap in the Geologic Record (approx. 1.1 miles away); Painted Desert Community Complex Historic District (approx. 1.2 miles away); Early Explorers (approx. 1.3 miles away); The Painted Desert (approx. 1.7 miles away); Route 66 (approx. 2.5 miles away).
Categories. Natural Features
National Park Passport Stamp image. Click for full size.
By Michael Kindig, May 18, 2003
3. National Park Passport Stamp
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Michael Kindig of Long Beach, California. This page has been viewed 392 times since then and 119 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Michael Kindig of Long Beach, California. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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