Hike the Door Trail in Badlands NP

0.75 Miles Round Trip - Out-and-Back Trail

Door Trailhead - Search Nearby - Added by Amelia Vandemark

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. 

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Chillin
Photography
Hiking
Easy Parking
Family Friendly
Scenic

Details

0.75 Miles
Out-and-Back Trail

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