Explore the most popular walking 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

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.

hiking
4 days ago

Super fun, short, and easy! I had a blast running around and exploring the area like I was a little kid again

ok for kids

11 days ago

Great trail for my kids and I to do!!!
We all loved it!!

hiking
13 days ago

This is a great hike. Don't let the ladder intimidate you. We noticed numerous hikers simply turn around once they saw the ladder. if you do, you'll miss out on a great view. Some boulders to scramble. The trails is well marked, black posts as you go along. Pay attention to the signage if you have kids with you, they can fall in a few areas. As you get to the notch be prepared for the wind, it really comes through there. You'll be looking down on the Badlands and it's very pretty. Our five year old was able to handle the ladder, just took a little time with him. Hope you enjoy it!

hiking
13 days ago

Very straight forward trail that is short and sweet. Boardwalk that leads to a nice overlook of the Badlands area. No elevation change and a place to sit down at the overlook. Good for all ages. Grea view at the overlook. From this parking area you can access the Door, Window, Castle and Notch trails. If you are looking for a challenging trail this is not it. Simple walk out and back to an overlook.

hiking
13 days ago

Trail starts out as a boardwalk, but then you come to a set of stairs and before you know it you're walking out into the Badlands themselves. There are numbered yellow posts to follow out into the area and the end of the trail is marked with a sign. Beautiful trail if you like the Badlands setting. Our 5 year old was with us and he loved this trail. Many people stop their trek at the stairs so if you continue you'll find the crowd disappears as you move out into the Badlands. Just watch your step as you walk out into the Badlands and you'll be fine on this one. Fun for all ages.

13 days ago

Fun trail little trail, probable got through it in about an hour. Little crowded today, but once we got out on the trail it wasn't bad. Saw two big horn sheep, that made it worth it.

This is an interesting and beautiful hike. The terrain is not particularly challenging but the intense sunshine, heat and winds adds to it’s difficulty. Being plenty of water. Expect to lose sight of the markers and become disoriented. When that occurs, I recommend going back to the last maker and scan the horizon for then next one and all will be fine. This trial offers exceptional views of the rock formations, wildlife and prairie vegetation.

This is like a perfect family hike and a great intro to the Badlands scenery. Kids can do it, there's some elevation but it's not strenuous, and the views are great.

Super short and simple. Quick boardwalk to an interesting canyon view. Anyone can do this and it doesn't take much time.

hiking
20 days ago

This trail is like a metaphor for life. Mostly you just walk along, but occasionally the magical and unexpected appears just around the corner. It's worth it.

hiking
20 days ago

Very easy trail on the boardwalk. The magic is in what comes after you leave the boardwalk - free exploration in, on, and among the Badlands formations! It's a kid's and climber's dream!

hiking
25 days ago

Steeper and narrower than I initially thought but certainly doable. Markers were a bit difficult to find given the terrain, but luckily the rock structures create interpretive paths, and there are multiple ways up. View was wonderful, like a lookout.

hiking
25 days ago

Took Saddle Pass to Medicine Root to this trail to return, doing a loop. Brings you up close to rock structures and canyons, at points slightly difficult to find markers but a truly enjoyable experience.

hiking
25 days ago

Flat and easy trail, but the heat and thunderstorm previous night made it difficult. Wonderful way to experience the Badlands.

hiking
25 days ago

Very easy hike. lots of opportunities to wander around and explore.

hiking
25 days ago

Ladder was the only fun part. rest of the hike was very similar to other hikes in the area.

on Castle Trail

hiking
26 days ago

It was pretty. We got beat up pretty good with heavy rains and heavy winds. We didn’t make it the entire trail. Camped one night and headed out

hiking
26 days ago

Short hike along a wash (theoretically there is a waterfall...but there’s gotta be a lot more water...and we are here 12 hours after a huge storm) and up a log ladder to a cliff. Nice views, interesting rocks. Ladder is fairly steep and rocky terrain makes this not an easy trail.

hiking
1 month ago

A short trail on a boardwalk that gives you the opportunity to look at fossil replicas and learn about them. Very informative on the formation of the park and information about the layering and time periods. Worth the time if you enjoy learning about the landscape and geology of an area.

hiking
1 month ago

A little slippery with the mist/rain, but that made it more fun in my opinion. Only ended up doing about a mile out and a mile back due to time constraints, but would go back and do the whole thing! Great views and amazing landscape everywhere you look.

hiking
1 month ago

Can be a little slippery when raining or misty, but great views of the canyons and formations. Easy to find your way from blaze to blaze, but gives you the freedom to roam and view what you want!

hiking
1 month ago

Would be a 3 star, but you can do some exploring in the canyon area in the 2nd half of the hike which bumps it up to a 4. Good view at the end, but not too different from what you can see at the viewpoint at the much shorter Cliff Shelf trail nearby. Cool landscape all around of course.

Log ladder is fun. Much slower going down than up. Could slow you down if you're trying to go up while another group is going down or vice versa as there's really only room for traffic to be going in one direction at a time.

Trail is listed as moderately strenuous but I would say it is easy, with the ladder being the only slightly challenging portion.

hiking
1 month ago

Nice family friendly hike with a good view at the end. Take water!

Pretty steep and a nice view! Lost the trail while chatting on the way down but you can easily see the parking lot so it’s hard to get lost

hiking
1 month ago

Packs in a lot of scenery for such a short hike!

2 months ago

Short but fun. Log ladder is more memorable than the view at the top.

Easy, flat. You get a good look at some of the formations and Saddle Pass is a great point to stop for some pictures. Trail itself was pretty muddy in spots but nothing treacherous.

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