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Nice stroll into the canyon starting at near the visitor center. This will give a flavor. Recommend the nearby 4.2 out-and-back just to the east of the visitor center. You'll likely see bison over there.

Had beautiful weather and did not encounter another person. Loved the scenery and saw a few buffalo. Well marked and easy to navigate.

hiking
16 days ago

Fantastic hike that not many other people enjoy. My first creek crossing would have been harrowing but I followed an animal trail and dipped into the creek at this point. Since it was late in the season the creek was very shallow and dry in areas and I was able to walk the creek bed and come out easily. Glad I didn't do this in the mud!

Just did a small portion of the south loop due to time constraints. Beautiful area, cool petrified wood.

Very easy, great views.

Beautiful views of the canyon. Seems very steep on the way down and we were a bit worried about having to hike back out, but it was honestly very manageable. Bring some water and give yourself time for breaks to catch your breath and enjoy the views

Very cool thing to see. We started off going to the south loop but shortly along the path a big bison came up along the trail blocking our way. We waited a while but ended up turning around and going north. This was a gorgeous part of the loop! It was quite chilly and windy.

walking
24 days ago

Pretty views of the canyon and river. Nice way to get a birds eye view of some very cool landscapes. Very manageable walk with inclines.

Stunning views! Saw two large herds of bison. One young bull gave us a bit of a scare even though we stayed very far away (at least 200 yards) but be aware of your surroundings for sure. Also saw a gorgeous herd of 7 wild horses, a coyote, and tons of prairie dogs. The creek crossings were a bit tricky and we cut off the last 0.2 as we didn’t see a way to cross without getting soaked. Absolutely stunning and worth it!!

Great views

Outstanding trail and petrified forest was amazing. Dear lord I sound like Donald Trump.

hiking
26 days ago

Nice views of the Little Mo

hiking
1 month ago

Beautiful views at sunset!

Loved this hike, Wind Canyon is beautiful! The fall colors just setting in against the light colored rocks. The red grasses were my favorite! You must see the sunset from there!

Super short hike but very well worth it to see the overlook.

Very pretty hills and mud formations.

Nice view. Interesting rock erosion.

Very good nature trail, the guide at the start of the trail was very informative and I learned a lot. Also had spectacular views

hiking
1 month ago

An absolute must see!! This might me be my favorite trail in the Southern Loop! You can't beat the view

Excellent hike. Beautiful views of multiple life zones from top to bottom and back up again. It is a loop. Aa a large family from toddlers to grandparents in their 70s, this took an hour. Later, a casual run took about 10 minutes. Some segments of the trail had bison hoofprints. Incredible views of the badlands.

Bison tracks on the trail at multiple locations. Beautiful views. Once at the top, continue on with the trail (not part of the official loop) for another, more stark ending and greater exposures. only ads an extra 5-10 minutes.

hiking
2 months ago

Nice short hike with great views. We hiked this trail at sunset for photos and again the next day. Both had great views of the Little Missouri and area wildlife.

Great nature trail with nice views.

hiking
2 months ago

I hiked this trail in August and luckily it was dry. Encountered a Bison rolling in the dust and wild horses. Great scenery but more of a trail for wild horses and Bison.

hiking
2 months ago

Seemed harder than it was because of the heat, but this trail has beautiful views.

Short lollipop loop that gives an up-close look at the Badlands' rocks and plants. Trail is somewhat steep but very popular because it starts at an interstate rest area. I would avoid this trail if it has rained recently: Badlands dirt turns into sticky goop when you add water.

hiking
2 months ago

Nice, short hike--great views of rock formations and the river. It would be a great introductory hike for kids.

Very easy trail to hike. There are some slopes that are steep, but if you wear the proper shoes you’ll be just fine.

My sister and I hiked this with my 4-year old and 1-year old. We loved this trail! We used the guide booklet available at the trailhead to learn about the area and keep the kids engaged. The guide is very well designed, and we really enjoyed learning about how the different rocks formed and the why the rocks are the colors they are. It was a perfect hike for our group!

My sister and I hiked this with my 4-year old and 1-year old. We loved the trail! It has amazing views of the Little Missouri River and surrounding Badlands! There are some elevation changes that were challenging for my 4-year old, but she did just fine with a little help!

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