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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.

Lots of fun when we were there in June. A very easy flat hike with fun blazes to follow since a distinct trial isn’t cut into the ground.

Very nice flat trail out onto the upper table of the badlands and back. Tons of fun foliage and lots of tracks from sheep and other wildlife. We were there in early June so it was exceptionally sunny and hot. Definitely pack extra sunscreen and water for this trail during the warm part of the year.

1 month ago

Fun hike. My son enjoyed “trailblazing” from one post to the next (single digit temps with wind and snow flurries). Great views.

hiking
1 month ago

Took my son on this hike yesterday. Fun winter hike. Even with the single digit temps, blustery winds, and snow, the trail was nice. Ridge line was a little tenuous in spots due to the snow, but very manageable.

hiking
1 month ago

Best to do early in the day before it's too hot or crowded. Ladder is interesting (coming down is more difficult than going up). Views are gorgeous.

hiking
3 months ago

Very easy trail. Great replicas of fossils found in this national park and it's history reading.

hiking
3 months ago

I'll try this again. I actually got lost couldn't find the marking. When I did I tried to climb up but realized it's pretty steep and the gravel wasn't too good. I'll try again in the future

hiking
3 months ago

Probably one of my favorite trails in Badlands. It's not too difficult except the beginning. For those who are terrified of heights, be warned! There is a wooden ladder you have to go up on to finish this trail. Not too far from the beginning of the trail. It's worth it and overall a great view of rocks, wildlife, and structure. Great overlook as well

hiking
3 months ago

This trail is short and simple. Anyone can do it. Wouldn't really do it again because nothing too impressive compared to the other trails

hiking
3 months ago

Beautiful sunny day to those who persevered the windstorm at the time. Big horned sheep were along the trail on the way back. Flat for nearly the whole stretch. Very enjoyable.

hiking
4 months ago

Tough get go but, beautiful hike and saw big horned sheep! You have to hike this trail.

Great information and reference about the rock layers and fossils. Short but very informative

4 months ago

The trail is listed as moderate to strenuous, however, the only mildly difficult portion involves climbing a log ladder up at an awkward angle. There are 2 different viewpoints near the end. A great hike if you only have a few hours in the park!

4 months ago

Marvelous trail. Takes a good amount of effort. But worth every step at the end.

4 months ago

Short Trail but great vistas at the end. Lots of roaming available. Impressively quite, even when others are around.

If you do Door then you can miss this one. Similar views. Kids liked running down the boardwalk and balancing their way back.

Easy warm up hike. Some nice views at the end. Easy for kids. We didn't see many people using the whole trail. We had the back 3/4 almost to ourselves.

Loved this trail. I would rate it as easy, even with kiddos. No packs needed. Our two toddlers walked the whole thing easily. 12 posts including end of trail marker. Lets you get a feel for the geography of the park.

walking
5 months ago

If you went to the Visitors Center you can skip this.

hiking
5 months ago

Lots of beautiful views of the Badland formations on a well marked and fairly easy trail. The only thing that makes it difficult is the heat which reached 103 the day we hiked. Saw a couple of mule deer. Overall enjoyable but wouldn't hike the full trail again unless as it gets somewhat monotonous on the way back.

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