"Hiking the Badlands is an otherworldly experience. There are no creeks, lakes, or mountains. Instead the area is a labyrinth of lava outcrops and sandy openings, crossed by an eerie, dead river that has been dry since the Ice Age.
The fresh-looking lava here erupted from the flanks of the Newberry Volcano 10,000 years ago, puddled up in a prairie, and then buckled into thousands of pressure ridges ó in much the same way that paint can wrinkle when it dries. The low spots filled with volcanic sand after Mount Mazamaís cataclysmic eruption powdered the area 7,700 years ago.
Bring lots of water because there is none here. If you stray from the old roads that serve as trails in this area, itís easy to be disoriented, so pack a compass or global positioning device.
"William Sullivan" for the Eugene Register Guard
March 25, 2009
The US House of Representatives voted 285-140 today to pass H.R. 146, the Omnibus Public Land Management Act of 2009, which includes the Badlands and Spring Basin Wilderness Acts!
This is a truly historic day for Oregonís High Desert. Over the past 20 years, ONDA www.onda.org/ members and volunteers have worked tirelessly to protect the Badlands and Spring Basin