Hiking The Badlands National Park

The MOST popular hiking trail in South Dakota.

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Near Wall, the 64,250-acre Sage Creek Unit of Badlands National Park is home to one of the best treks. Park at the Sage Creek primitive campground and strike out for the Wall, an assortment of steep, crumbling ridges about seven miles away. There are no set trails--bison paths are your surest guides. Camp anywhere amidst the spires and pinnacles, and carry in all the water youll need.

To reach the hiking trailhead from Rapid City, take US 90 east 56 miles to Wall, go south on SR 240 to the Pinnacles park entrance, and then head west on Sage Creek Rim Road to the Sage Creek Campground.

Overall, Badlands National Park is the 1st most popular hiking trail of all 10 hikes in South Dakota.

Bad Lands NP (SD/US)

Bad Lands NP (SD/US)

Bad Lands NP (SD/US)

Bad Lands NP (SD/US)

Badlands National Park Hiking Map



Local Contact(s):  Badlands National Park 605-433-5361; SD Tourism (800) 732-5682; TI map Badlands.

Recommended Book:  "Hiking The Black Hills" from Bert Gildart

Recommended Map:  "Badlands National Park" from Trails Illustrated

Best Season:  May - Sep

Average Difficulty:  Moderate

Base Camp:  Sage Creek Campground

Luxury Loding:  Triangle Ranch B&B (605) 859-2122

Reference Source:  click here http://www.nps.gov/badl/

GPS:  43.9085, -102.3083

Date Published:  5/18/2016

Date Updated:  7/29/2016

ID:  6999

Badlands National Park Hiking Map


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