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.

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!

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
13 days 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.

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!!

hiking
23 days ago

Short, interesting little trail with a great view at the end. The ladder portion was not that difficult if you have any sense of balance. Be sure to bring water!

hiking
1 month 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.

hiking
1 month ago

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

hiking
1 month 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
1 month 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
1 month 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
1 month 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
1 month 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
1 month 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
1 month ago

Fun trail! I really like the ladder!

1 month ago

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

1 month 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
1 month 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
1 month 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
1 month 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.

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
1 month 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
1 month 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
1 month ago

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

hiking
2 months ago

In the beginning this trail is a boardwalk, but the best part of the trail is when you get into the Badlands. Follow the yellow posts up to number 11. My kids loved this trail.

hiking
2 months ago

Super cool. My favorite part was the rope ladder.

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