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Cliff Shelf Trail

Badlands National Park Interior, Badlands National Park, SD
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Good hike with great views

This hike was cool because we could see the cliff where we were on the Notch Trail hike. It might... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
TravelersFromFishers
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Fishers, Indiana
Beautiful hike on well maintained trail

A nice 1/2 mile hike on well maintained loop trail through a juniper forest. Nice views of the... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Craig-World-Travelle
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Agoura Hills, California
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Badlands National Park Interior, Badlands National Park, SD
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This hike was cool because we could see the cliff where we were on the Notch Trail hike. It might take some coordination, but that would be a good pic if you had a photographer on the top of the Cliff Shelf Trail taking a...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

A nice 1/2 mile hike on well maintained loop trail through a juniper forest. Nice views of the Badlands. Saw lots of birds on this short hike. Lots of steps on stairs. It was our favorite hike in the Badlands.

Thank Craig-World-Travelle
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Reviewed 23 March 2018

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.

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Reviewed 27 September 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 26 August 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 16 August 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 9 August 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 3 July 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 1 May 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 27 March 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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