Badlands National Park Notch Trail

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1.5 (miles)


Out & Back

Minimal (Elev. Δ - ft)

South Dakota

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

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