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#27 of 59 national parks in United States

Best trails in Badlands National Park

2,732 Reviews
Looking for a great trail in Badlands National Park, South Dakota? AllTrails has 10 great hiking trails, dogs no trails, views trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. Just looking to take a quick stroll? We've got 5 easy trails in Badlands National Park ranging from 0.8 to 4.5 miles and from 2,411 to 2,683 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!
Description

Badlands National Park in South Dakota are a visually fascinating and unique series of buttes and spires scattered throughout a sparse prairie. It has the world's richest fossil beds from the Oligocene epoch. Entrance Fees: Private Vehicle - $25.00 Fee covers the entry of a private vehicle and its occupants for 7 days Individual (Hiking, Bicycling, etc...) - $12.00 Fee covers the entry of an individual that is hiking, bicycling, etc... for 7 days Motorcycle - $15.00 Fee covers the entry of a motorcycle and its occupants for 7 days Commercial Sedan, 1 to 6 passenger capacity - $25.00 Commercial sedan, 1 to 6 passenger capacity. $25 plus $10 per person - 7 days for Original Manifest Commercial Van, 7 to 15 passenger capacity - $50.00 Commercial van, 7 to 15 passenger capacity; $50 - 7 days for Original Manifest Commercial Minibus, 16 to 25 passenger capacity - $60.00 Minibus, 16 to 25 passenger capacity; $60 - 7 days for Original Manifest Commercial Motorcoach, 26 or more passenger capacity - $150.00 Motorcoach, 26 or more passenger capacity; $150 - 7 days for Original Manifest Entrance Passes: Badlands National Park Annual Pass - $50.00 This pass admits a single, private, non commercial vehicle and its occupants into the park. This pass does not include camping or give any type of discount at stores inside the park. Valid for one year from month of purchase. 25216 Ben Reifel Road Interior, SD 57750

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Map of trails in Badlands National Park
Park information
Acreage:
242,755 acres
Contact
(605) 433-5361
Helpful links
Top trails (10)
#1 - Notch Trail
Badlands National Park
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Length: 1.3 mi • Est. 37 m
Notch Trail is a 1.3 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Interior, South Dakota that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, nature tShow more
#2 - The Door Trail
Badlands National Park
easyYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray Star(388)
Length: 0.8 mi • Est. 21 m
The Door Trail is a 0.8 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Interior, South Dakota that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily useShow more
#3 - Castle Trail
Badlands National Park
moderateYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray Star(378)
Length: 10.5 mi • Est. 4 h 26 m
Castle Trail is a 10.5 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Interior, South Dakota that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity optioShow more
#4 - Saddle Pass Trail
Badlands National Park
moderateYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray Star(241)
Length: 0.7 mi • Est. 26 m
Saddle Pass Trail is a 0.7 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Interior, South Dakota and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and walking and is best used Show more
#5 - Medicine Root Loop Trail
Badlands National Park
easyYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray Star(224)
Length: 4.5 mi • Est. 2 h 2 m
Medicine Root Loop Trail is a 4.5 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Interior, South Dakota that offers the chance to see wildlife and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarilyShow more
#6 - The Window Trail
Badlands National Park
easyYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray Star(268)
Length: 0.2 mi • Est. 5 m
The Window Trail is a 0.2 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Interior, South Dakota that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily uShow more
#7 - Cliff Shelf Nature Trail
Badlands National Park
easyYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray Star(195)
Length: 0.5 mi • Est. 15 m
Cliff Shelf Nature Trail is a 0.5 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Interior, South Dakota that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily uShow more
#8 - Fossil Exhibit Trail
Badlands National Park
easyYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarGray Star(147)
Length: 0.4 mi • Est. 10 m
Fossil Exhibit Trail is a 0.4 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Interior, South Dakota that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primShow more
#9 - Sheep Mountain Table Road
Badlands National Park
moderateYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray Star(29)
Length: 14.6 mi • Est. 6 h 17 m
This is a hard packed dirt road that can be traveled by foot, bike or appropriate vehicles.Show more
#10 - Sage Creek Loop
Badlands National Park
hardYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray Star(45)
Length: 22.8 mi • Est. 9 h 43 m
Badlands National Park Sage Creek loop The frontier lives on in Badlands National Park's Sage Creek Wilderness Area. Bison and pronghorn roam freely on prairies riddled with labyrinthine washes and sShow more