Hiking Trails in Badlands National Park South Dakota


Hiking Trails in Badlands National Park South Dakota

Badlands National Park in South Dakota is rugged, beautiful and delightfully wild. The park has a variety of hiking trails that are suitable for all ages and abilities. Remember, in the summertime it can get extremely hot in Badlands, so make sure to carry plenty of water. A general rule is 2 quarts per two hour hike. Hats and sunglasses are a good call as well. If you are lucky you may see some bison, bighorn sheep, prairie dogs and maybe even an endangered black-footed ferret. Click on any of the hikes listed below for a full trail guide with embedded field guides of wildlife you may see along the trail.

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Easy Day Hiking Trails in Badlands National Park South Dakota.
Longer hiking trails in Badlands National Park.

Easy Day Hiking Trails in Badlands National Park South Dakota.

These hiking trails in Badlands are on the easier side and suitable for just about everyone. 

Badlands Fossil Exhibit Trail

0.25 (miles)

 Very Easy

Loop

Minimal (Elev. Δ - ft)

South Dakota

Fossil Exhibit Trail is a very easy ADA accessible hiking trail in Badlands National Park that is perfect for small children and the elderly.

Badlands Window Trail

0.25 (miles)

 Very Easy

Out & Back

Minimal (Elev. Δ - ft)

South Dakota

Badlands Window Trail is a very easy hike in Badlands National Park that is great for those traveling with young children.

Saddle Pass Trail

0.25 (miles)

 Very Easy

Out & Back

~250 (+) (Elev. Δ - ft)

South Dakota

Saddle Pass Trail is a very easy hike in Badlands National Park near Rapid City that is great for young kids.

Cliff Shelf Trail

0.5 (miles)

 Easy

Loop

Minimal (Elev. Δ - ft)

South Dakota

Cliff Shelf Trail is a very easy kid friendly hike in Badlands National Park that is sure to please the whole family.

Badlands National Park Door Trail

0.75 (miles)

 Easy

Out & Back

Minimal (Elev. Δ - ft)

South Dakota

Door Trail is a very easy ADA accessible hike in Badlands National Park that features tremendous scenery for such a short hike.

Badlands National Park Notch Trail

1.5 (miles)

 Easy

Out & Back

Minimal (Elev. Δ - ft)

South Dakota

Notch Trail is an easy hike in Badlands National Park that leads hikers through tremendous scenery.

Longer hiking trails in Badlands National Park.

These trails in Badlands National Park are on the longer side and a bit more difficult. These hikes are perfect for the hiker looking for a longer adventure in the Badlands. 

Medicine Root Loop Trail

4 (miles)

 Moderate

Loop

Minimal (Elev. Δ - ft)

South Dakota

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.

Badlands Castle Trail

10 (miles)

 Difficult

Out & Back

~250 (+) (Elev. Δ - ft)

South Dakota

Castle Trail in Badlands National Park is a tough hike that is perfect for those wanting to escape the crowds and find a little solitude.