Hike the Door Trail in Badlands NP

Hike the Door Trail in Badlands NP

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Distance

0.75 Miles

Activities

Chillin, Photography, Hiking

Skill

Beginner

Season

Year Round

Type

Out-and-Back

Added by

Amelia Vandemark

Easy Parking
Family Friendly
Scenic

Watching the sunrise on the Door Trail allows you to explore the terrain while experiencing the illumination of the Badlands formations.

This trail in located in between the Ben Reifel Visitor Center and the Northeast entrance of the park.  The parking lot accesses the Door Trail, the Window Trail, and the Notch Trail.  

The trail begins on a boardwalk for .1 miles that brings you around the formations and down a few stairs onto an unmaintained trail.  The rest of the way is marked with yellow rod trail markers that one can follow for .3 miles to the furthest point.

From here, you are totally immersed.  You can watch the sun rise over the horizon in front of you and the the formations will illuminate a bright orange-pink behind you.  You can really see the depth of the ridges during this time of the day.

*CAUTION* Be conscientious of where you are walking because the terrain is not perfectly flat and there are drop offs. 

Always practice Leave No Trace ethics on your adventures and follow local regulations.

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Distance

0.75 Miles

Activities

Chillin, Photography, Hiking

Skill

Beginner

Season

Year Round

Type

Out-and-Back

Added by

Amelia Vandemark

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