Hiking The Badlands National Park

The MOST popular hiking trail in South Dakota.

  South Dakota, US

  TRAILSOURCE.COM™

  July 29, 2016

Near Wall, the 64,250-acre Sage Creek Unit of Badlands National Park is home to one of the best treks. The best trailhead parking is located at the Sage Creek primitive campground. When on trail, start by striking out for the Wall, which is 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.


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

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


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