Explore the most popular hiking trails near Interior with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

hiking
3 days ago

This trail is probably amazing, but inaccessible after heavy rain! Fell a few times due to mud, so just be aware that if it is super muddy, you probably won't be able to hike it :( Will go back to see it when it is not muddy! :)

on Notch Trail

12 days ago

The view was beautiful. This national park just doesn’t rock my world so probably wouldn’t do it again.

hiking
13 days ago

My favorite hike in the Badlands. Great view from the top and a challenging ascent.

hiking
13 days ago

Pretty. You can do some free climbing on the nearby wall which is quite fun and highly recommended.

hiking
13 days ago

Beautiful. My second favorite hike in Badlands behind saddle pass. Be sure to hike to both vistas. Towards the end the trail forks and both are worth exploring.

hiking
13 days ago

Great views, fun terrain to hike.

15 days ago

Very unique trail. We went out after a rain and it was extremely slick. But once we got back to the start it was dry. Rain makes for a very different trail experience. The trail crossed in front of big horned sheep that were grazing on a cliff . We did the medicine loop out and the castle trail back. This clocked in at 11.1 miles. Definitely do this early as there is very little shade and you are in full sun and wind exposure. Other than the slipperyness because of the rain it’s not hard or technical - the only hard part about it is 11 miles round-trip.

the top half was real grasslandy and windy and the bottom half was extremely badlandy

excellent contrast

loved the heck outta this trail, though it was chilly and rainy when i did it

19 days ago

Very cool we loved it! A bit crowded because it's so popular but a must in the area I think.

hiking
20 days ago

Short but lovely.

Easy trail with beautiful views, especially in the evening.

Nice level hike on the prairie (once the ascent up Saddle Pass is completed) with great views of the Badlands

hiking
20 days ago

Short but challenging trail, especially when muddy, as it had rained the day before. Great view at the top and good way to access Medicine Root Trail.

walking
21 days ago

Nice benches with a cool view. Not that different from the other short hike/walk options.

hiking
21 days ago

Great views, but felt a bit redundant along the way. Perfect way to see what the badlands has to offer. Don’t let the distance scare you off as this a very manageable hike if you are game for it.

walking
21 days ago

Good walk. Nice view.

We went on a day that it had been raining and the saddle pass which this has you enter on was wayyyyy too slick to climb. We and another hike ended up turning back early on. If you do this loop off the castle trail it is very worth it.

short boardwalk to cool views of the Badlands with the option of continuing through the rugged gullies. you truly feel like you are on another planet while exploring the terrain up close.

hiking
21 days ago

the ladder was intimidating at first, but it isn't as bad as it may seem. the trail up top is eroding due to rains making the traverse a bit sketchy, poles would have been helpful, but it's doable without. part of the trail is being rerouted because of this. the views are absolutely amazing. bring water, it was just under 70° and breezy when I did the trail, but you are in constant, direct sun exposure the entire hike.

Fun roaming around like on another planet...

23 days ago

Amazing view and love the ladder....❤

The view at the end is breathtaking! This is the best easy hike ever

Short but wonderful trail. Once we got off the boardwalk and stepped into the Badlands it felt like we were standing on the moon. Easy to see how someone could get lost in the Badlands. Great views of the area all along the trail especially towards the end. Some fairly steep drop offs also! Be careful! Loved this trail!

1 month ago

Awesome trail! In the Badlands you feel like you are on another planet. The ladder going up made me a little nervous but I was fine on the way back down. As you reach the end of the trail you get a great view! This trail is a Badlands must do!!

Steep hike need good grip on your shoes. Beautiful views as you go up. Great way to get out and feel the Badlands. To truly experience this place you have to hike it and the short trails are perfect to get out and see it! Bring water!

hiking
1 month ago

My friend and I did this hike last Saturday (9/1) and it was truly magnificent!

We started our hike around 3:30 pm after having lunch and driving for about 6 and 1/2 hours from Denver. It took roughly 3 and 1/2 hours to complete, which was perfect, as we got to catch an unforgettable sunset at Saddle Pass.

Unlike where the trail starts on the map, we started our trek at the Saddle Pass Trailhead. This is a steep 0.35 trail that connects to Castle Trail from the main road. It was definitely the most challenging part of our hike, as the vast majority of the trail to follow was exceptionally flat and had very little elevation gain.

It was quite warm when we began our trek (mid 80's), but cooled off significantly in the afternoon with some cloud cover and light rain. The few rain drops that fell at sunset caused many of the tourists who made the short jaunt up the hill to scamper back to their cars. But we stuck it out for the five minutes of sprinkles, and were quickly rewarded with a breathtaking sunset all to ourselves.

We extended our trek slightly at the midway point of the loop to include the short walk over to the Window (0.2 miles) and Door (0.8) Trail viewpoints. All in all, our journey ended up being around 8 miles round trip, as opposed to the 10.5 it would have been to complete the Castle Trail in its entirety.

This is a fantastically challenging and beautiful hike! I would suggest starting where we did and completing the "Lollipop Loop", as one of the park employees called it, which includes the Saddle Pass Trail, Castle Trail and Medicine Root Loop.

Great little trail, the first bit is the most challenging once you are on top nice views and reasonably easy walking. We saw a couple of big horn sheep along the way too

Very pretty...lookout for bighorn sheep. I was there at sunrise. Stunning views as the sun rises above the badlands. Going to go back someday to show my daughter what she saw when she was six weeks old!

Be sure to go at sunrise! Absolutely stunning!!

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