Explore the most popular views 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.

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

hiking
3 days ago

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

hiking
3 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
3 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.

hiking
6 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.

hiking
9 days ago

Fun trail! I really like the ladder!

11 days ago

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

12 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
13 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
14 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!

hiking
21 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.

walking
22 days ago

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

hiking
26 days ago

Super cool. My favorite part was the rope ladder.

walking
26 days ago

This trail is shorter than the walk at the overlook. The window looking into the Badlands is spectacular.

hiking
26 days ago

Great trail, was an awesome way to see the Badlands up close and personal. Canyons and formations you'd have no other way to see, plus some truly spectacular vistas over the Badlands if you venture off trail a bit - just be respectful of the wildlife and plant life if you do! Saddle Pass detour was totally worth it, great views and a fun little climb up one of the edges of the saddle. Medicine Root is a nice way to go back, you're up a little higher, so you don't do as much up and down and you can see more, so it's an overall faster trip. Did this in the middle of June and it got very warm after noon, so we were glad for the quicker trip back.

Great hike! There were a lot of people on the trail when we went. The ladder isn't too bad at all, just heavily trafficked. Really enjoyed this one! Short and easy.

This trail was an incredible trail that should be a must-do for everyone that have never been to the Badlands and only have one day to get the most out of it. It provides a nice flat trail through the grasses (beware of rattlesnakes) and leads up to the ladder. It’s easy going up but can be difficult descending. It gets strenuous right around there having you traverse around a very steep cliff into a canyon. But after that, the valley opens up and your in another world full of endless discoveries and a grand view to make a cherry on top of a great cake.

There were 8 of us and we loved the trail. Temp was 90+ but no shade.Bring plenty of water. The ladder was real interesting going down. Found out my 25 year old son is afraid of ladders. It freaked him out. Enjoy!

1 month ago

do the full trail. and loop up on the medicine trail to see more grass land

Great hike with a gorgeous view at the end. Follow the metal posts with white paint tips - took us a bit of time to figure out that was the trail marker. The ladder wasn’t bad, going down was a little trickier. Take water! It doesn’t seem like a very long hike, but each of us almost went through our 2Ls we had on our backs. It was close to 100degrees with no shade along the way. Enjoy!

1 month ago

Great view at the end of the trail. Be prepared for a pause in the trail when you get to the wooden ladder. Takes a while to wait for people to go up and down. We just found a route around it but I wouldn’t recommend doing that.

This is definitely one to do in the Badlands! We loved it! Got to see everything! Not too many people if you’re there on a weekday. The first bit is very very steep, and if you’re with someone who struggles with climbs this may not be the one for you.

First the ladder isn’t as bad as it looks. The only problem I had was going down... short legs make it harder to reach and for some reason it freaked me out and I’m nowhere near afraid of heights or anything really. I will say to explore at the top past the markers! The views were amazing, and it would have been even better if there was significant water, I’ll have to plan my next trip to SD better.

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

Went the day after heavy rains and the trail was flooded but was a pretty flat and easy 4 miles. The puddles jumping definitely made it a bit more moderate lol

walking
1 month ago

Yes this trail is very short but the views are very nice and it’s friendly to all ages and skill levels. My son and even seen 3 big horn sheep from not too far hiking this trail.

hiking
1 month ago

Trail was fun and wasn’t too hard. The ladder isn’t for the faint of heart BUT isn’t as bad as it looks. The view is very nice when you get to top of ladder, but not a totally good view for sunset photos. You can follow a rough trail along the top which I heard leads to a better view but we didn’t feel confident to take that.
We saw families with kids as young as 4 or 5 climbing the ladder so if your kids like to explore,Like to climb and are not afraid of heights it might be a good trail for the whole family. Just need to be careful of loose gravel when you get to the top of ladder and keep small children within reach.

Great short hike to do in Badlands! Very easy with a set of man made stairs/ladder that could be rated moderate if you are scared of heights. They views are amazing and the trail is marked fairly often and easy to follow.

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