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Cliff Shelf Trail

Badlands National Park Interior, Badlands National Park, SD
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An Exotic Wasteland...

Stunning views of the strange landscape called the Badlands. There are trails you can walk to... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Willof72
Nice hike

This is a pretty good nature trail...it is easy and you can easily do it. There is information... read more

Reviewed September 27, 2017
Cherie P
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Pahrump, Nevada, United States
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Badlands National Park Interior, Badlands National Park, SD
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Stunning views of the strange landscape called the Badlands. There are trails you can walk to explore and area and learn how the area was transformed into this "exotic wasteland". It is a beautiful area to take in.

Thank Willof72
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Reviewed September 27, 2017

This is a pretty good nature trail...it is easy and you can easily do it. There is information that helps you understand the formation of the formations. Ames a good introduction to the Badlands.

Thank Cherie P
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Reviewed August 26, 2017 via mobile

We usually skip "nature trails" because they're geared toward plant education, and not very scenic. This one is a different story. It's also worth doing because it's very different than the other trails in Badlands. It winds through a juniper growth area. Nice views, easy...More

Thank Pam V
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Reviewed August 16, 2017

These formations were made from water working its way down through the softer surroundings. Read all the information on the sign for a greater explanation.

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Reviewed August 9, 2017

This hike has stairs, but the boarded trail is very wide and not too strenuous, and gives you a good taste of the Badlands. There are numerous offshoots for those that are more adventurous. A lot of vegetation on this trail, unlike most of the...More

Thank enstrim
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Reviewed July 3, 2017 via mobile

This was the first trail we went on...when my boys (17,14) first saw that it was all boardwalks they were a little disappointed, especially when signs say to stay on the trail...but at the top there are several off shoots from the main trail that...More

Thank Rob B
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Reviewed May 1, 2017

Stop by the visitor's center just down the road and get a trail guide. The hike is up to national park standards with boardwalk and stairs as needed. But it is still a challenging hike with lots of stairs. When we were there the signposts...More

Thank Waukesha_Bob
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Reviewed March 27, 2017

Great hike on a well maintained trail. Lots of stairs but worth the hike. The view from the top is amazing. Great southern views. You can do it.

Thank daninstlouis
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Reviewed January 10, 2017

This is a really short and easy trail that is a lot of boardwalks and some staircases. It does gain some elevation. it is a nice walk through a juniper forest, one of the only areas in the park with trees. It smells amazing and...More

1  Thank karenS0322
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Reviewed September 29, 2016

This relatively short trail goes up some stairs and steep inclines adding some strenuousness. There is actually some shade here - if it's very hot and you want more shade ascend counter-clockwise and go back down the way you came. Nice views at the top.

Thank RandiFayeC
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