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Saddle Pass Trail

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Address: Badlands National Park, SD
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Hiking trail that leads through the Badlands Wall and takes about a hour.

Hiking trail that leads through the Badlands Wall and takes about a hour.

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The view says it all!

As you stand there in awe of this beautiful view, you realize that there are still some parts of this country that are spectacular! The experience will transport you to a... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 30 September 2016
mariannep933
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North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
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Orlando, Florida
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318 reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 January 2017

I did the hike up Saddle Pass, then came back down. The hike was more impressive than the view to me. Being up close to the Badlands formations was a unique aspect of the hike and the formations vary from Notch trail. The view at the top is nice, but it is no better than many of the outlooks on... More 

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Thank Chris N
North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
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55 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 September 2016

As you stand there in awe of this beautiful view, you realize that there are still some parts of this country that are spectacular! The experience will transport you to a different time!

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Thank mariannep933
Dallas, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 September 2016

A short hike up the Badlands Wall, winding up to connect with the Castle and Medicine Root Trails. Gorgeous views from the entire trail. Well worth it.

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Thank DLewis60
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 September 2016

We had just enough time to do one hike (plus the Loop Road Drive), so after talking with some rangers and checking out the trail maps, we decided on Saddle Pass. We're so glad we did! It wasn't quite a straight up shot, but it was pretty steep (luckily there were a few nooks you could sit on to catch... More 

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Thank TravelingRock13
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6 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 September 2016 via mobile

We "hiked" Saddle Pass and then continued to where the Medicine Root and Castle trails intersect. The trip up is a lot of fun, basically climbing boulders to the top. The trip down is a bit more tricky as there is a lot of lose gravel and the steep grade caused us to easily lose footing. All in all, great... More 

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Thank Er K
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 August 2016

It's definitely work to get up to the top but it is definitely worth it! The views are by far the best in the area and you can see almost the entire area. Keep eyes on smaller children and follow the blue markers, you'll be glad you did! We didn't notice them until coming back down lol lesson learned

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Thank Bobbyrose N
Darlington, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 August 2016

Very interesting but steep and somewhat slippery trail. Great views all along. Wear decent hiking shoes.

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Thank Lori N
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 August 2016 via mobile

Great views! My husband & kids really enjoyed the hike and the views! Wear sturdy footwear, not a trail for flip flops!! I recommend wearing hiking footwear even if you don't plan to hike

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Thank Lori Ann M
Cedar Rapids, Iowa
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 August 2016 via mobile

O.K. we were not even planning on going on this, but our teens just started climbing, and before we knew it, our son was at the top looking down at us. He said it was so beautiful up there, however, he had to come back down as he was feeling nauseated. Soooo, when they say drink plenty of fluids and... More 

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Thank glorybe2013
Laval, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 August 2016

you can walk pretty far out and you are high enough to get some good shots. it is worth the stop to take pictures and stretch your feet. once again, you can walk way out or just step out of the car.

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