Characterized by dramatic hoodoos, mesas, gullies, buttes and ravines, badlands present some of the most spectacular scenery on Earth. From the Mars-like Atacama Desert to the dusty Death Valley in California, the world has an impressive variety of extreme terrains and eroded geological formations. If you want to see some of Mother Nature’s harshest yet unusually beautiful landscapes, check out these 10 badass badlands around the world.
1. Las Médulas, Spain
Las Médulas is a historic region of Castile and León in Spain, inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1997. Formerly an important gold-mining region during Roman times, these badlands sport a unique landscape with colorful red cliffs, lush forests and plenty of ancient ruins. The tunnels, corridors and galleries were shaped by mining activity plus the ravages of time and elements. Combining beautiful nature and ancient history, Las Médulas is ideal for hiking and exploring.