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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.

hiking
11 days ago

The Saddleback Trail is rated Strenuous. Wow. I made it all the way up to the pinnacle and back down again, with some difficulty. My wife turned around once it became nearly vertical. About 2/3 of visitors turn back halfway up this ridiculously steep and slippery trail. Do not attempt without good hiking shoes, water, and other proper hiking gear.
But if you reach the top, the view is wonderful.

Fun climb up Saddle Pass to Medicine Root loop. My teenagers did get bored on this hike, but I found it to be peaceful. Listening to the birds and the wind blowing the grasses was enjoyable for me.

Fun climb basically straight up this butte. Great fun for my kids to climb and explore!

scenic driving
1 month ago

Beautiful! Highly recommend arriving right before sunset

hiking
1 month ago

hiking
2 months ago

Lots of chances to see wildlife. Get ready for lots of sun and danger of rattle snake.

hiking
2 months ago

One of my favorite trails. got to see lots of wildlife along the way. We were there in May, need to bring lots of water and good cover from the sun. Be aware of rattlesnakes as you can sort of hear them all the time!

one of a kind rock formations

3 months ago

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
5 months ago

5 months ago

hiking
5 months ago

Great trail for the family.

hiking
5 months 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!!

5 months ago

5 months ago

amazing to drive through!

walking
6 months ago

hiking
6 months ago