hiking

no dogs

walking

kid friendly

wild flowers

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.

hiking
1 day ago

The Badlands are absolutely amazing!!! This is a neat short hike. It's steep in sections and with the loose sedimentary rock, it's a little slippery. Suggest wearing good shoes to do it, even though it's a short hike to the top. My 7 year old especially had a fun time finding small fossils in the rocks on the way up!!

Great little Badlands "sampler." If you only have time for one hike, I recommend this one. Experience the different types of rock that make up the Badlands along the way, then enjoy a beautiful view at the end. Shaded in the evening.

hiking
5 days ago

Great views! Don't need the ladder going up but used it going down... luckily right before it started raining and pouring on us.

I absolutely love the Badlands! And this was a cool hike with an amazing peak to climb overlooking everything.

Pretty amazing for a 1/4 mile trail best sites in the badlands for the shortness of the hike!

hiking
15 days ago

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15 days ago

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15 days ago

hiking
15 days ago

This was one of the more difficult hikes for a couple reasons, first of all, very steep in parts, almost crawling on all fours at times. Second, the Trail is not very well marked. Honestly though, these aspects made it a lot of fun. You more or less find your own way up and down this peak. Once you get to the top, you are faced with a 360 degree view of the scenery. Overall, a very enjoyable and recommended hike.

hiking
15 days ago

Was a great hike! Easily one of the best in the park. It was a fun and moderately challenging hike. The ladder adds a sense of adventure, but still feels very safe. Saw a heard of bighorns just off the trail. Very cool! Some tricky footing in parts, but with appropriate footwear it's not too bad. There are two overlooks at the end, both with gorgeous views of the Badlands. Definitely worth it. As you come up over the ridge as the landscape opens up before you, it commands attention and awe. Couldn't help but sit there for a while just to take it in.

hiking
16 days ago