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Notch Trail

Badlands National Park, SD
+1 605-433-5361
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Notch Trail - Short but Intense!

We definitely enjoyed the Notch Trail - they told us about it at the Visitors' Center and it was... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Austin, Texas
A Rigorous Workout

Every review I read said that if you only do one trail at the Badlands, to do Notch Trail. It is... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Marion, Iowa
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Scenic hiking trail that takes about an hour.
  • Excellent74%
  • Very good24%
  • Average2%
  • Poor0%
  • Terrible0%
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“log ladder” (29 reviews)
“great hike” (18 reviews)
Badlands National Park, SD
+1 605-433-5361
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Reviewed yesterday

We definitely enjoyed the Notch Trail - they told us about it at the Visitors' Center and it was perfect for us. We were passing through and did not have a lot of time, but wanted to hike some of the Badlands. The log ladder...More

Thank Njoytravl
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Every review I read said that if you only do one trail at the Badlands, to do Notch Trail. It is work, but manageable. We got out there mid-morning and it was already getting warm. One nice thing was the constant breeze and some small...More

Thank bleutalefly
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

The log ladder was neat. There were some steep rock inclines to climb. Don't stray off of beaten path or rocks. Where there is grass or weeds there are also very small cactus to step on. Bring water, it's not the longest trail but still...More

Thank NickTripIsland
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

If you decide to take only one trail take this trail. You will enjoy the ladder on the trail. The kids were so excited to climb the trail. We decided to climb up and come back down because we already walked another trail and it...More

1  Thank Gpackergal
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

There is so much to see! If you are in to walking or hiking (even climbing) then this is your place. We arrived late to enjoy the sunset, but would like to see the sunrise. We saw some wildlife around the park (Fox, coyote, chipmunk...More

Thank JMTravelsMadison,MS
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Don't miss the Notch Trail! It was my favorite thing in Badlands National Park. The trail is 1.5 miles round trip and although the sign at the trail head said "strenuous", I didn't find it overly difficult. I think it was considered strenuous because of...More

3  Thank JennyGreerSC
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

You need to get a feel with the rocks, not just watch from the viewpoints, and this is a good place to do that

Thank Jurgen B
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We really enjoyed this little hike. I was skeptical about the ladder, as I don't like heights in wide open spaces. No problems going up, though going down was a bit of a challenge, and the only difficult part of the trail. It was definitely...More

1  Thank kek17
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I thought this hike was great for a quick scenic view. I had my hubby and 2 kiddos (8&10) who are used to hiking. The ladder wasn't scary for any of us, but I did see several who panicked on the way down and took...More

Thank stephmhart
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We had a great time exploring this trail with our 8 and 10 year kiddos. The kids LOVED climbing the ladder and seeing the view from the top. Bring lots of water! We left at 10am and were finished by 11:15am. I would not go...More

Thank Julia V
Nearby Restaurants
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Nearby Attractions
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