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Short, Moderate Walk with Viewpoints

This trail is located inside Badlands National Park (see separate Tripadvisor page) and requires a... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
Tucson, Arizona
Great hike-Amazing views

This is not a very long hike (1/2 mile) but it is more strenuous than walking on a level grade... read more

Reviewed 11 October 2018
Lisa D
Van Wert, OH
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Reviewed 6 days ago

This trail is located inside Badlands National Park (see separate Tripadvisor page) and requires a NPS pass or entrance fee to access ($25/car, $15/motorcycle, $12/hiker or bicycle, valid 7 days). It is situated about 4 miles south of the Northeast Entrance and .6 mile north...More

Date of experience: June 2018
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Reviewed 11 October 2018

This is not a very long hike (1/2 mile) but it is more strenuous than walking on a level grade. Beware of the rattlesnakes (signs posted where there could be a problem). We never saw or heard any. The views here are incredible. This is...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Lisa D
Reviewed 26 July 2018 via mobile

This would make a great early evening hike if you’re looking to kill some time before the evening ranger program. Easy stroll on boardwalk/paved paths. Good view of Notch Trail Trail end. Saw some pronghorn in the woods.

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank tuftsgrad
Reviewed 3 July 2018

This hike was cool because we could see the cliff where we were on the Notch Trail hike. It might take some coordination, but that would be a good pic if you had a photographer on the top of the Cliff Shelf Trail taking a...More

Date of experience: June 2018
1  Thank TravelersFromFishers
Reviewed 16 June 2018

A nice 1/2 mile hike on well maintained loop trail through a juniper forest. Nice views of the Badlands. Saw lots of birds on this short hike. Lots of steps on stairs. It was our favorite hike in the Badlands.

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank Craig-World-Travelle
Reviewed 23 March 2018

Stunning views of the strange landscape called the Badlands. There are trails you can walk to explore and area and learn how the area was transformed into this "exotic wasteland". It is a beautiful area to take in.

Date of experience: September 2017
Thank Willof72
Reviewed 27 September 2017

This is a pretty good nature trail...it is easy and you can easily do it. There is information that helps you understand the formation of the formations. Ames a good introduction to the Badlands.

Date of experience: August 2017
Thank Cherie P
Reviewed 26 August 2017 via mobile

We usually skip "nature trails" because they're geared toward plant education, and not very scenic. This one is a different story. It's also worth doing because it's very different than the other trails in Badlands. It winds through a juniper growth area. Nice views, easy...More

Date of experience: August 2017
Thank Pam V
Reviewed 16 August 2017

These formations were made from water working its way down through the softer surroundings. Read all the information on the sign for a greater explanation.

Date of experience: July 2017
Thank hd452016
Reviewed 9 August 2017

This hike has stairs, but the boarded trail is very wide and not too strenuous, and gives you a good taste of the Badlands. There are numerous offshoots for those that are more adventurous. A lot of vegetation on this trail, unlike most of the...More

Date of experience: August 2017
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