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 used for hiking and walking and is best used from April until October.

Distance: 0.5 miles Elevation Gain: 65 feet Route Type: Loop

kid friendly

hiking

walking

views

wild flowers

no dogs

nature trips
no shade
2 days ago

hiking
5 days ago

Good for kids 7 and 9!!!

walking
10 days ago

Very easy and stable loop, most of it is a boardwalk. Quick hike and gives you some views so it's worth it.

hiking
10 days ago

Loved stopping here as we did the Notch Trail last night and we were able to view the “notch” lookout from another perspective. Decked boardwalk with stairs first half and trails on the return part of loop with some little off shoots if you want to do extra exploring.

hiking
18 days ago

Completed this on 5/14/2020. Very easy loop. Mostly boardwalk with short sections of gravel that wind through well groomed spruce. Offers lots of benches, seating and overlook platform. Highly recommend doing this as a sunset hike.

hiking
1 month ago

This is a platform and boardwalk you walk on, the reviews make this trail same underrated. There’s also side dirt path that you can go on.

hiking
8 months ago

Fun, quick hike!

hiking
8 months ago

Super easy but a lot of stairs

hiking
9 months ago

I prefer a natural trail. This is mostly planks and stairs. Lots of Humans.

hiking
bugs
9 months ago

I had to run it. There were so many bugs.

hiking
no shade
9 months ago

Easy boardwalk through a green section of the badlands.

hiking
no shade
10 months ago

A wonderful stop with wonderful views throughout especially at the top of the hike.

Nice easy hike with beautiful views and a mix of gravel trails and boardwalks. Partly shaded. Some steps.

hiking
10 months ago

Easy peesy. Take the left trail and go down clockwise. Better than all stairs on the right.

hiking
off trail
over grown
10 months ago

nice trail but very overgrown. neat change of ecology from the rest of the badlands. didn't take but 20 min. expect some stairs. we took the right fork first for the loop.

hiking
10 months ago

Easy hike with nice views.

hiking
11 months ago

fun short hike

hiking
11 months ago

A very easy hike with lots of walkways. There are little side trails to adventure on. This is a great place to spot Magpie birds.

hiking
off trail
11 months ago

Very easy but a nice little adventure. There are plenty of paths leading off the main path to explore. You could spend a lot of time here exploring in the shade and on the rocks at the base of the mountain.

Thu May 30 2019

easy peasy nice views

hiking
Tue May 28 2019

Fun short trail suitable for all ages. If you’ve got limited time it’s a good option. It was a bit muddy when we did it but this Spring has been unusually rainy.

hiking
Tue May 21 2019

This is a fun boardwalk trail! We were on the trail late at night and we got to watch a bunch of deer in the sage right next to the boardwalk.

Thu May 02 2019

Beautiful quick little trail. Saw big horn sheep right off the path. Great in the evening!

hiking
Tue Sep 25 2018

Easy trail with beautiful views, especially in the evening.

hiking
Fri Aug 10 2018

You can see the cliff like a bowl and notice the abundant vegetation induced by the water flow down from the cliff. Besides there is not much to see.

hiking
Wed Aug 01 2018

Short, uphill loop with a fantastic view. Super close to the visitor center.

Sun Jul 01 2018

Easy and kid friendly. Lots of steps and go for a warm up trail.

hiking
Mon Jun 04 2018

This is like a perfect family hike and a great intro to the Badlands scenery. Kids can do it, there's some elevation but it's not strenuous, and the views are great.

Tue Sep 26 2017

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.

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