Badland is, as its name shows, a type of terrain which is bad to traditional land use, such as agriculture and travel in old days due to its irregular terrain form, resulted from extensive erosion by surface runoff and wind over long period of time, as such, it might display as canyons, ravines, gullies, hoodoos and other geological forms or combination.
A badland is bad to traditional land use, it also means a striking topography might wait for your exploration. Some of badlands gained notoriety as a hideout for outlaws due to lack of easy access in early days in Canada. As you can imagine, when topsoil and overburden are eroded away, base sedimentary layers usually are in direct exposure to outside, which contributed to earlier discovery of coal mines, and more recent finding of the Dinosaur fossils beds in Alberta, the site of dinosaur fossil has been protected by establishment the Provincial Dinosaur Provincial Park, and recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
When I visited the Dinosaur Provincial Park, i was totally thrilled by the exotic scenery, in particular spectacular colors and stunning land forms displayed in the badland, surrounding by distinct flat and familiar farmland on vast prairie.