Beautiful Badlands ND

About Us

The Beautiful Badlands ND

It’s history, culture, and quality of life.  It’s western North Dakota and is shaped by its terrain, which is why it is still called The Beautiful Badlands ND. Ranchers produce cattle, families explore together, mountain bikers ride the Maah Daah Hey trail, hikers marvel at the rugged terrain of the Badlands, and like us, photographers seek the beauty of the region.

What We Do

We connect people from around the world with the Beautiful Badlands of North Dakota, enticing people to visit and explore.  We show off the opportunities, the recreation, the quality of life. As mild-mannered explorers, we are two writer/photographers in love with western North Dakota where we see so much beauty. Beautiful Badlands ND grew out of our love for the region and the desire to share the opportunities that are open to everyone. We’re thrilled to connect local spots or events, communities or cultures with others who haven’t visited the region.

Mary (Mary’s Photos) and Mike (Mykuhls Photography) capture and share images of wildlife, rugged landscape, rodeos, powwow, mountain biking and events. They write about their exploits hiking, camping, exploring and enjoying the Beautiful Badlands of North Dakota. Come see the beauty of the Beautiful Badlands ND.

Mike Kopp

Mike Kopp

Mike Kopp is a life-long career journalist with experience in television news and radio news. He was a newspaper editor in western North Dakota, and won six awards for newspaper photography and five awards for broadcast documentaries. His photos have sold in galleries across North Dakota and are known for “sense of place and time,” as each is accompanied with a story giving the collector a sense of place in North Dakota. Mike has hiked, canoed, camped, and ridden horse in the Badlands of North Dakota for over 35 years. Mike’s promotions of motorcycle tourism in North Dakota has garnered the attention of national travel interests.

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Mary Lou Tastad

 Mary, also known as Sidehackmary, is an avid photographer and motorcyclist with an educational background in architecture, interior design, fashion design, and fine arts. While employment brought her to retail management, construction, and preschool education in eastern North Dakota and northern Alabama, Mary now spends the major part of her time traveling with camera in hand. Western North Dakota has for years captivated Mary as a beautiful and spiritual place. Her photo entitled “Winter Reckoning” was chosen as a winner of the 2014 North Dakota Governor’s Art Contest.

Mary’s photos are featured here:



Mary Lou Tastad
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