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This trail is beautiful but we ran into 3 rattlesnakes in the span of an hour, 2 of them being right beside the trail but concealed by the grass. Was going to camp the night but couldn’t find an acceptable site 200ft from water and snakes. We were spooked and spent the night at a local campground. Bring hiking stick to poke for critters as you walk along the trail, especially in wooded areas.

I love this trail! It is a great way to really see the Bad Lands. It takes you through valleys as well as up to the top of buttes. You walk through noisy prairie dogs and are almost guaranteed to encounter buffalo. There are numerous water crossings which are easily stepped across or knee deep. But one of the crossings was about 4-5 feet deep as we sank into the extremely muddy bottom. (Not pleasant but exhilarating for the more adventurous). Word of advice - don’t cross where the buffalo cross, try a different spot along the creek as typically this is not this unmanageable to cross.

Wonderful hike with beautiful views over both the river and badlands - make sure to do the full 4 mile loop as the views are varied. I also really liked the section of walking on top of the buttes so you could examine the rock layers between the trailhead and river view point. Lots of exposed areas so I’d recommend doing the hike early in the morning or in the late afternoon

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2 days ago

Incredible. This is the best sunset spot in the south side of the park.

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2 days ago

Beautiful views.

Very easy but nothing to see here besides walking through the prairie dog town.

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2 days ago

Super easy, amazing views.

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2 days ago

Educational, interesting and very easy. Grab an informational guide book at the trailhead, and learn about the coal vein that burned for 20 years. The conditions were dry and perfect.

Adventuresome trail with water crossings, some deep mud, hill climbs, valleys. Saw buffalo, deer, prairie dogs, wild horses, and snakes

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3 days ago

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3 days ago

Gorgeous hike. Some moments are very hard and steep but the average is easy and flat. I recommend starting on the south side and knocking out the very difficult right away. Then the rest is pretty easy. Had to go pretty far off trail due to buffalo herds on the main trail, which cut about 20 min from my total. Was just over 4 hours which included plenty of stops for water and to take pictures.

Beautiful day! Lots of wind on the top of the ridge but weather was perfect. Trail was well maintained and not muddy! Lots of bison herds that were scattered around the trail so just be careful. The north part of the trail will make you work a little bit but totally worth the views and seeing the petrified forests.

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5 days ago

An amazing experience. We saw bison across the street from the trail head. Then once we reached the top, there was a herd of bison grazing by the river and wild horses not too far off. The views were amazing and nobody else was there. Be careful because we also saw ticks waiting for us on leaves too!

Absolutely beautiful, we loved this trail, awesome views! ed it!!!

Nice walk to the overlook where you will spot Bison and wild horses. A little narrow in some places but easy enough for my 1 year old to complete.

This was a great quick trail if you have two hours of free time on your journey. Steady climb up and down at the beginning and end, but the vistas at the top are stunning and plentiful. A little muddy for us and it was fairly dry the week we went. Make sure you have waterproof shoes. A very peaceful experience.

This was a great hike. Unfortunately, we were not able to experience it all. Twice we were foiled by two separate herds of Buffalo. The first we were able to get to a ridge line and watch them pass from a short distance. The second was not as easy and forced us to go back. You will see hundreds of prairie dogs and we also saw coyotes on the hunt on this trail. It was worth doing, but where bug spray and long pants. I came out of the ravine where the creek was with 6 ticks on me and my brother had a few as well. Unbelievable wildlife trail!

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9 days ago

Short trail with some nice views of the river below. Went on a rainy day, which made the stairs very muddy and slippery, but was worth the climb up.

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9 days ago

Very short, but worth the drive up for the incredible views. Can continue on the game trails to make into a longer hike

Short hike with some incredible views. Continued out to the overlook and watched a herd of bison running about on the plains below

Saw tons of wildlife- prairie dogs, birds, snake, wild horses- though did not see bison. Some stream crossings. Would recommend doing the trail earlier in morning as it gets hot.

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12 days ago

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12 days ago

Did this today with four little girls ages six to nine. The trail was very well marked and had lots of steps built into different parts of the buttes. I really wouldn't bring any children under the age of five because of some very steep areas unless I guess you're carrying them on your back. overall moderate is a good word for this hike. It's not easy but it's not going to kill you either. I did find though that it is about 4 mi or a little over. Longer than what the trailhead and all trails had it marked. Absolutely fantastic views but a ton of wind!

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rocky
16 days ago

Best trip ever this trail throw it all at us and it was great. We road our horses 100 miles. Brought everything on the horses we would need for a week. We lost boots, ran out of water, road in a rain storm, torn saddle bags. But also road in the best weather, and got a bit of a sun burn. Highly recommend this trail.

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