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Address: Badlands National Park, SD

Trail along dry, cracked earth.

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Great stop in the Badlands

Worth a short stop to walk a bit. VIEWS are incredible. The day was gorgeous. The park is always interesting. There is something to do for everyone.

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 8 November 2016
William O
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Orlando, Florida
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

As soon as you enter Badlands, there is a parking area with three easy trails: Notch, Door, and Window. That is how I would rank them. Door trail is flatter and more simple than Notch. You are walking on flat land with increasing deep crevices around you. It gives a different perspective of Badlands walking above these slot canyons instead... More 

Thank Chris N
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 November 2016

Worth a short stop to walk a bit. VIEWS are incredible. The day was gorgeous. The park is always interesting. There is something to do for everyone.

Thank William O
League City, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 October 2016

I loved this hike. It is short and you follow the trail markers across the rock formations. It is fun to find each consecutive trail marker, a little like a scavenger hunt. It was 42 degrees when we did the hike and the temperature was perfect and there weren't very many people.

Thank JuneBug411
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 October 2016

All of Badlands National Park is beautiful, but don't miss the door trail ... it's an easy walk on a boardwalk, with an almost as easy, short off-boardwalk trail. You'll think you're on another planet! ...but, remember to "Watch for Rattlesnakes" ... I didn't see any, but you can't miss the posted sign :)

Thank MassCouple2
United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 September 2016

This trail is easy to navigate via a well-defined boardwalk. You can also venture off the trail but use caution on the steep and rocky landscape. Beautiful views and very different from other parts of the Badlands.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 September 2016 via mobile

Just inside the Badlands entrance going toward Interior, this is an amazing place to take sunrise pictures. Be sure to take the trail back and do some exploring!!!

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Somerset, New Jersey
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 August 2016

This trail starts off with a short hike on a very level boardwalk. Once you reach the sign that says “The Baddest of the Badlands”, you can either stay on the boardwalk for a tiny bit more, or veer off and walk on some steep rocks and carefully climb on some treacherous surfaces. There are bright yellow very clearly numbered... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 August 2016

this trail takes you right out into the middle of the badlands with tons of picture taking opportunities. the trial is clearly marked and offers a lot of exploring for kids and adults alike.

Thank Bobbyrose N
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 August 2016 via mobile

The first part of the trail is board walked and easy to access. You can go further out onto the trail with a minimally difficult hike. It's also possible and ok yo walk around off trail and check out the crevices and drop offs.

Thank CCW60
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 August 2016

The door trail is less than a mile round trip and boardwalked so you can get out of your car and into this beautiful landscape. This is easy enough for small children, strollers, wheelchairs and those with limited mobility

Thank pkmsMissouri

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