GUIDE TO HIKING
Hiking in Badlands National Park is the best way to see the area’s bizarre geological land forms and rich wildlife.
“I was totally unprepared for that revelation called the Dakota Badlands. What I saw gave me an indescribable sense of mysterious elsewhere” – Frank Lloyd Wright
The Door Trail is a short boardwalk (accessible) trail that leads to a break in the Badlands Wall called the Door.
NOTCH TRAIL Starting at the Door and Window parking area, this trail follows a narrow canyon before ascending the Badlands Wall by the means of a long and steep log ladder of over 50 rungs.
CLIFF SHELF NATURE TRAIL
This trail is especially beautiful after heavy rainfall when small ponds form along the route and attract local wildlife including white-tailed deer, mountain goats, and bighorn sheep.
SADDLE PASS TRAIL This trail has great views over the White River Valley from the top.
MEDICINE ROOT LOOP TRAIL
This hike is popular for its great wildlife viewing opportunities and for the cacti and wildflowers growing in the mixed-grass prairies.
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