Top Adventures in Interior

  • Drive the Sage Creek Rim Road

    A labyrinth of gullies, hoodoos, and ravines, Badlands National Park in western South Dakota is a welcome break from the unrelenting flatness of the surrounding prairie. The remote park is also a paradise for backcountry hikers and campers who rea...

  • Hike the Cliff Shelf Nature Trail

    About 4 miles south of the Northeast Park Entrance, just past the Castle Trailhead, is the Cliff Shelf Nature Trailhead. It sits on the outside of the cliff formation facing open space just through Cedar Pass. There is a parking lot here typically...

    0.75 miles 200 ft gain

  • Backcountry Camp off the Fossil Trailhead, Badlands NP

    Backcountry camping at Badlands National Park is very easy. While it is recommended that you contact a staff member at the Ben Reifel Visitor Center or Pinnacles Entrance Station, it is not required. As long as you follow the rules, you can camp a...

    1.2 miles

  • Hike the Badlands' Notch Trail

    Notch Trail is on the south end of the Door Trail car park.The Trail sorta follows a dry river bed but there is also a actual trail you can also follow. It winds through the gulch and about half a mile or so you come to a 50 foot ladder. The ladde...

  • Hike the Castle/Medicine Root Trail in Badlands National Park

    Very flat trail that is 10 miles round trip from the Door Trailhead to the Fossil Exhibit Trail and back. There is also parking along Old Northeast Road. Trail connects with the Saddle Pass Trail. Hiking in the summer can be very hot and the trail...

    10 miles 0 ft gain

  • Hike the Door Trail in Badlands NP

    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 ...

    0.75 miles

  • Backpack to Deer Haven in Badlands NP

    The Badlands defy description. The alien landscape, the unfamiliar silence, the insistence of wildlife, the brilliant night sky--these things inspire a profundity almost impossible to convey. Seeing the Badlands is a visceral experience, being in ...

    7 miles

  • Camp at Sage Creek Campground

    There are no designated sites in this first come-first serve campground managed by NPS. There are pit toilets available for campers and covered picnic tables. A nearby creek makes for a nice walk. Buffalo roam on the other side of the creek and ha...

  • Explore Sheep Mountain Table

    Sheep Mountain Table is located in the Stronghold Unit that is in the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation of Badlands National Park. The area is prime for exploring. Once you get off Highway 27 for Sheep Mountain Table, you will travel about 4 miles on ...

    4 miles 200 ft gain

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