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1.5 miles

Trail Type

Out & Back

Trail Difficulty


Δ Elevation (FT)


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Badlands National Park Notch Trail

South Dakota

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Activities & Features


Notch Trail is an easy hike in Badlands National Park that leads hikers through tremendous scenery. The park says "after meandering through a canyon, this trail climbs a log ladder and follows a ledge to "the Notch" for a dramatic view of the White River Valley. Trail begins at the south end of the Door and Window parking area. Watch for drop-offs. Not recommended for anyone with a fear of heights. Treacherous during or after heavy rains." There is camping available in Badlands National Park.

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Contact: Badlands National Park 25216 Ben Reifel Road P.O. Box 6 Interior, SD 57750

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