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Badlands National Park in southwest South Dakota offers buttes, pinnacles, and spires in one of the largest prairies in the United States. It has the world's richest fossil beds from the Oligocene epoch and wildlife including bison, bighorn sheep, black-footed ferrets, and swift fox.

This is a largely flat trail with spectacular views. You may see some big horn sheep. The bighorn sheep seem to be more active in the early afternoon. It is possible to extend the hike through some short out and back trails along the way.

hiking
1 month ago

Great trail for the family.

hiking
1 month ago

Great short hike. Good way to get an up close look at some of the features in the Badlands. Worth the time. Also saw some bighorn sheep right next to the parking lot!!

amazing to drive through!

2 months ago

Great trail to get a taste of Badlands hiking. We saw 3 big horn sheep up close. Beautiful views from various locations (with a little exploring) at the top. Short and easy. The ladder was the most uncomfortable part for me, though some may not like a few narrow turns along the cliff. Have to do a little climbing on gravelly rock, but very manageable.

breathtaking scenery!

hiking
2 months ago

GREAT hike, but a little too wet to tackle when we were there. It was quite slick coming down but my sons thought it was terrific. We plan to come back next year - fully prepared to continue on on the Medicine Root trail.

Drove right though the park and took some great shots. However the park can be pretty redundant with rocks and prairie dogs

hiking
3 months ago

Fun climb up and over the buttes. Great views. Can be a bit slippery coming back down, but just take your time and enjoy!

hiking
3 months ago

This trail is okay, especially if you like fossils and the history of the park. A couple of other trails are much better to explore if you are short on time.

hiking
3 months ago

Lots of great views. Very populated area. Fun place to look for fossils. Very hot, and dry as you would expect.

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3 months ago

Really cool trail with lots of room for exploration. A short and very busy trail, but well worth the hike!

easy simple walk, great for little kids, otherwise kinda boring

Very easy walk, kids were little when we did it, good for young ones

Easy, good way to see the badlands, kids were all worried about rattle snakes because of the warning signs

hiking
3 months ago

Very scenic, hot and dry so take plenty of water on the short hikes

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4 months ago

My kids, age 5 and 9, my wife and I recently hiked off path and thoroughly loved looking for fossils. The rugged and sharps rocks deserve respect, but are perfect for hiking on. Beautiful landscape. Make sure to stop at the big visitors center (Rafiel?). There's lots to see.

At a loss for words. I LOVE this place!