The Heartlands is a constituent region of the New Hanover territory in Red Dead Redemption 2.

The capital of the region is Valentine. This region is the second region the Van der Linde gang take up residence, after leaving Colter



The Heartlands, facing south west from Citadel Rock

The region borders West Elizabeth to the west, Cumberland Forest to the north, and Lemoyne to the east. The region's southern border is its shore on Flat Iron Lake.

The region, with its occasional rainfall, is relatively verdant and full of wildlife.  Deer, rabbit, pronghorn, horse, turkey, and goose are common sights. Agriculture, especially cattle ranching, is particularly fruitful in this area. This naturally contributes to Valentine's fame as a livestock town.

The landscape features of the Heartlands include rolling hills, scattered buttes, rocky outcrops, small stands of timber, and open plains. Ranches, farms, and small homesteads dot the otherwise open grassland. 

The Heartlands are high in elevation, on a plateau. This, combined with its northern latitude, contribute to the mild weather. This region most resembles the real-life states of Nebraska and South Dakota, especially their western areas. The high, rocky features such as Citadel Rock and Twin Stack Pass that dot the Heartlands' plains are particularly reflective of the real-life region south of the Black Hills between Medicine Bow National Forest in Wyoming and Valentine, Nebraska. The in-game town of Valentine has many similarities to the era's livestock towns of Ogallala, Nebraska, as well as Dodge City and Wichita, Kansas, and the landscape is a clear replica of the chalk bluffs at Pawnee National Grassland. The Heartlands are also reminiscent of various areas in Oklahoma; the dry western plains and buttes resemble much of western Oklahoma (such as the Glass Mountains), while the more grassy and lush eastern plains and hills, as well as forested areas, resemble Oklahoma's Green Country.

The climate of the Heartlands is mild. Temperatures range from near freezing at night and in the mornings, to around 60 degrees during the afternoon. Most days are sunny. However, rain and even thunderstorms occur occasionally. 

Locations in The Heartlands

Native Plants



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