Cliff Shelf Trail

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Cliff Shelf Trail is a very easy kid friendly hike in Badlands National Park that is sure to please the whole family. The park says "this loop trail follows boardwalks and climbs stairs through a juniper forest perched along the Badlands Wall. A small pond occasionally exists in the area and draws wildlife, such as deer or bighorn sheep. Climbs approximately 200 feet in elevation. Please stay on the trail." 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

South Dakota Trails

Hiking Trails in Badlands National Park South Dakota

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