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Notch Trail

Badlands National Park, SD
+1 605-433-5361
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Boys 11 and 8 give it a thumbs up!

Truly interesting hike with unique features! We were somewhat concerned that it would be too rugged... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Ann Arbor, Michigan
via mobile
So fun!

Notch trail was a lot of fun! there's a fun ladder you get to climb and it is a little advanced to... read more

Reviewed June 19, 2017
Kara N
Cherokee, IA
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Scenic hiking trail that takes about an hour.
  • Excellent74%
  • Very good24%
  • Average2%
  • Poor0%
  • Terrible0%
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Badlands National Park, SD
+1 605-433-5361
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Truly interesting hike with unique features! We were somewhat concerned that it would be too rugged for the kids but neither struggled and younger ones made it up the ladder without issue! Small kids and elderly with walking difficulty or dizziness issues should not attempt....More

1  Thank sonsspouseandme
Reviewed June 19, 2017

Notch trail was a lot of fun! there's a fun ladder you get to climb and it is a little advanced to keep it exciting.

Thank Kara N
Reviewed June 14, 2017

Being an open hike park, a hike is what you make it. For the outlined trails, this was the best. During the trail there's a cool ladder to go up/down a steep hoodoo. Some of the ledges are only about 2.5-3 feet wide. If you...More

1  Thank bmccrery
Reviewed June 6, 2017

We weren't sure what we were in for when we started this hike as we were just going by a recommendation in a book. We were so delighted at the views and the fun/adventure of climbing the "ladder". I wouldn't recommend this for young kids...More

Thank Loree V
Reviewed May 30, 2017

This short hike leads you right through the formations, up on a ledge and onto some killer views. it say to allow yourself 1.5-2 hours but my wife and I made it back in 45 minutes and were not in a hurry (though we do...More

4  Thank jrog9832
Reviewed May 29, 2017 via mobile

Would be better in the afternoon due to lighting than the morning. If you go to the right you will climb stairs up and walk the trial down; go the other way if you want the stairs on the down side.

2  Thank Nav1go
Reviewed May 25, 2017

We took a little time to climb some of the trails in the Badlands this year. We both loved it! I'm a little scared of heights so the ladder and some of the upper trail were a little intimidating for me but it was still...More

Thank JulieViborgUSA
Reviewed May 19, 2017

The Notch Trail is a great place for a quick hike to a beautiful view toward the town of Interior. It is not for young children or people that might be afraid of heights as you must climb a ladder that is connected to the...More

1  Thank Rick M
Reviewed May 14, 2017 via mobile

We really enjoyed this trail. It would take someone about 1 hour unless you like to explore every place you can like we do. My favorite part was a flat area deep inside the formations. You felt like you were in a different world. There...More

Thank travel4lifeMinnesota
Reviewed January 10, 2017

As soon as you enter Badlands, there is a parking area with three easy trails: Notch, Door, and Window. That is how I would rank them. Notch is the best of them and includes a sloped ladder climb to get to the meet of the...More

5  Thank Chris N
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