Explore the most popular no dogs trails in South Dakota with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

Did it at sunrise! Great hike. Steep at the beginning but then an easy flat trail. Stopped by cedar lodge for breakfast after.

hiking
7 days ago

Awesome short trail. Great to get out and make some memories. Lots of cool places to get to off the main trail as well - just watch for rattlesnakes! We didn't see any but there are plenty of signs. Trail was a bit steep and there is loose gravel so it can be a little slick, but I never felt unsafe. Very cool. Would do again.

hiked it in August on 103 degree afternoon. no shade, still loved it. great landscape, incredible photos.

hiking
9 days ago

Very short trail. I hiked it together with Notch trail.

hiking
9 days ago

The trail is short but very steep and slippery, so be careful when hiking. On the top of the trail you can have a different angel to see the badlands along the road. It's beautiful.

hiking
9 days ago

Just a study of the fossil and geologic age. Not a scenic trail. Good for kids to learn.

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
9 days ago

A interesting hike, although it's not for seeing badlands. It's so dry in the trail. I thought I was in another planet.

hiking
9 days ago

A nice hike there. The field in the end of the trail is great. Another thing impressed me is the ladder in the trail. It's exciting and funny.

Majestic view of the Presidents. Easy and paved with a few stairs and wooden decking. Unfortunately at time of my visit part of the loop was under renovations. August 8, 2018

hiking
12 days ago

Loved this trail! My favorite part was the steep climb as it starts to connect to the castle trail then plateaus out. Really amazing views and I sat there for a few hours just hanging out on the edge where it also forms a 'ravine' but is really more of a sharp drop of loose boulders and rock. Just watch where you place your hands and feet come the summer for rattlesnakes.

hiking
12 days ago

One of my favorite views! the Badlands is my favorite place to be and this is one of those hikes with great views and though it's moderate it's well worth the hike! Make sure to have lots of water with you too, as it can get extremely warm even in the shade.

Beautiful trail through buffalo-inhabited prairie. Watch for POISON IVY. The trail starts out going right through one of the largest poison ivy patches I've seen to date. Aside from the poison ivy, this trail is a nice easy hike. NOT recommended for beginners who can't spot the poison ivy.

hiking
15 days ago

Fun trail! I really like the ladder!

17 days ago

Short fun hike with a bit of everything that the Badlands has to offer, except prairie.

It’s a simple trail at Mt. Rushmore, more of a walking path to see different angles of the faces. Very busy but still really cool to see.

18 days ago

We hiked the castle trail to the medicine trail. We had some trouble at the beginning of trail starting near the north entrance. There weren't enough trail markers--we would end up at an open area with no idea which way to go & ended up at a couple of dead ends. The rest of the trail was well-marked and a mostly easy hike. It took us 2:36 to hike out to Medicine, then come back along Castle (we didn't hike the whole castle).

hiking
19 days ago

Gorgeous trek! We were lucky that it had rained the previous night so there was water flowing in streams and it was still relatively cool. Lots of color in rock, grass and flowers. My daughter found many small fossils along the way. .

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

hiking
20 days ago

Fun trail! I had a really good time on this short hike, but it had an amazing view at the end which made it a must!

20 days ago

We loved this hike!! Such a sacred area with spectacular views. We did 1/4 of it two years ago and then completed the whole hike last year. On our way right now to do it again! Be sure and bring hiking poles!

hiking
22 days ago

Amazing hike with stunning views. This was my favorite hike in the Badlands. Took my family and we all had a blast. My 8 and 10 year old boys loved sliding on the steep trail on the way down. Started the ascent 8:30am and had the trail all to ourselves - def the way to go.

Easy walk to take in views at Rushmore.

I loved this trail! Super easy, but still fun. A breeze to follow the trail markers. Older kids would like this a lot. Good views at the end.

hiking
28 days ago

Fun trail! Bring lots and lots of water. I thought the ladder was fun, but if you really want to avoid it, it’s possible to go around and climb up the rocks to the left.

hiking
28 days ago

Nice trail. Easy to lose if you’re not paying close attention. Make sure you’ve got good ankle support because it can get slick and steep.

walking
28 days ago

Cute little boardwalk. Good for kids. Repeats a lot of the information from the visitors center.

Easy, paved, very accessible. Partially closed when I went, so I was unable to complete it.

Highly recommend for people looking for something short, easy, and scenic.

Hiked this as a loop with Centennial and really enjoyed it. Lots of wildlife.

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