Badlands National Park is situated in South Dakota by the Pine Ridge Reservation.
I came across the Badlands National Park while traveling cross-country this past summer. My friend and I had just left the more metropolitan twin cities of Minnesota, when our drive bled into vast prairie land and rocky canyons. My time in the Badlands was in fact quite short, and by no means a visit with any sort extended exposure. However I believe this notion of sense of place, can be found equally as in the immediate and striking introduction of a new place as one would in growing accustomed to one for an extended time.
Places like the Badlands, offer such immense stature as compared to most of our day-to-day places. Growing up on the east coast in the metropolitan DC area, these sorts of places were entirely foreign to me.