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4 miles

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Medicine Root Loop Trail

South Dakota

  • Bighorn Sheep in Badlands National Park.
  • Bison in Badlands National Park.
  • Bee on a Prairie Gold Pea in Badlands National Park.
  • Prairie Groundsel in Badlands National Park.

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Medicine Root Loop Trail is a kid friendly moderate hike in Badlands National Park that gives hikers a little bit of everything the park has to offer. The park says "this generally rolling trail connects with the Castle Trail near the Old Northeast Road and at the intersection of the Castle and Saddle Pass Trails. Trail users are provided the opportunity to explore the mixed grass prairie while enjoying views of the Badlands in the distance. Watch for cactus." 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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