Badlands National Park

Badlands National Park

Trails in Badlands

Castle Trail

Moderate 10 miles (16 km) round-trip. This is the longest trail in the park. The trail is mostly level and winds through some formations. The Medicine Root Trail makes a loop within the Castle Trail from any connecting trailhead. Badlands National Park 25216 Ben Reifel Road P.O. Box 6 Interior, SD 57750 By ...

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Cliff Shelf Nature Trail

Moderate 0.5 miles (0.8 km) loop. This trail provides spectacular views of the White River Valley. It includes some boardwalk and stairs and climbs approximately 200 feet (61 meters). It passes through some heavy vegetation, a rare site in this stark landscape. Badlands National Park 25216 Ben Reifel Road P.O. Box ...

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Door Trail

Easy 0.75 miles (1.2 km) round-trip. This trail is accessible. It focuses on geology. The trail goes through a break in the Badlands Wall called "The Door." The Badland Wall stretches east to west for nearly 60 miles. The first 150 yards (137 meters) of the trail is boardwalk. ...

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Fossil Exhibit Trail

Easy 0.25 miles (0.4 km) loop. This trail is fully accessible. The trail includes exhibits of now extinct creatures that once roamed the area. Presentations by park naturalists are offered during the summer months. Badlands National Park 25216 Ben Reifel Road P.O. Box 6 Interior, SD 57750 By Phone Park Headquarters (605) ...

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Medicine Loop Trail

Moderate 4 miles (2.5 km). Here the mixed grass prairie combines with long distance views of the Badlands. Be on the look out for prickly pear cacti. Badlands National Park 25216 Ben Reifel Road P.O. Box 6 Interior, SD 57750 By Phone Park Headquarters (605) ...

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Notch Trail

Moderate to strenuous 1.5 miles (2.4 km) round-trip. This trail leads to a small opening atop the Badland Wall and is not recommended for those with a fear of heights. This trail provides a wonderful view of the White River Valley and Pine Ridge Reservation. The trail, however, can ...

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Saddle Pass Trail

Strenuous 0.2 miles (0.4 km) and very steep, it connects Castle Trail and Medicine Root Loop to the Badlands Loop Road. The trail is impassable after rain. Badlands National Park 25216 Ben Reifel Road P.O. Box 6 Interior, SD 57750 By Phone Park Headquarters (605) ...

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Window Trail

Easy 0.25 miles (0.4 km) round-trip. This short boardwalk trail is accessible to athletic wheelchair users or with assistance. This trail goes to a natural "window" in the Badlands Wall. Badlands National Park 25216 Ben Reifel Road P.O. Box 6 Interior, SD 57750 By Phone Park Headquarters (605) ...

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