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Address: Badlands National Park, SD
Phone Number: +1 605-433-5361
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Scenic hiking trail that takes about an hour.

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Fun, rewarding & scenic hike - a good experience

Not difficult, although will need to be reasonably energetic and not afraid of heights. It's a quick and fun hike that puts you in the middle of some fascinating terrain. Enjoyed... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 weeks ago
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Not difficult, although will need to be reasonably energetic and not afraid of heights. It's a quick and fun hike that puts you in the middle of some fascinating terrain. Enjoyed it.

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Cincinnati, Ohio
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This trail was so much fun. There is a bit of exposure as you are walking along an edge, but my 10 year old did just fine. I love that you can walk anywhere in this park, it makes exploring more interesting. It's windy at the top, watch your step and have a great hike!

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 October 2016 via mobile

During our visit to the Badlands we did the fossil trail and other exploring at some of the view points but our favorite was the Notch Trail. It is a challenging hike with little shade so bring lots of water. The log ladder is fun and our 5 and 8 year old did just fine. Once we made it to... More 

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Tallinn, Estonia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 October 2016

Perfect hike for a short visit to the Badlands. It branched out to a Y with 2 view areas. Not crowded. Hot and dry when we hiked, looks like there is a small waterfall if it rains. The ladder was interesting, not bad if you take your time.

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Houston, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 October 2016 via mobile

This is a must do hike if you can. The views from the top are incredible. Very cool that you get to climb a ladder in the middle of the trail. There are some difficult parts on the trail.

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San Antonio, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 October 2016

Took my teen to this one and turned out to be their favorite part of the entire trip. A must see to climb the ladder and get to the breathtaking view. Not for the faint of heart but soooo worth it.

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Midlothian, Virginia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 October 2016

several reviews warn about the trail being strenuous or warn people who are afraid of heights. We found this to be very easy and not all worrisome in terms of heights or falling. The cable ladder begins nearly horizontal and is only about 45 degrees at its steepest.

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Thank Underpaid62
Orlando
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 September 2016

Made one stop and walked all three. These are very easy trails with great panoramic views at the end. We didn't move the car from the Notch/Window end to go the Door Trail. We wanted a bit more walking but it was awful walking past the restrooms - I recommend moving your car.

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Box Elder, South Dakota
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 September 2016

Fun, challenging and spectacular views! Wear sturdy shoes/boots and don't forget to take your camera. Loved the challenge of the ladder. It is, as other reviewers have said, a little more difficult coming down than going up. However it is very doable for most people! Enjoy!

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Worcester, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 September 2016

If you are in a rush, skip Window and door and head to the Notch trail, it is quick, probably 30mins in total, with nice outlook over the prairie.

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