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“Loved this hike.” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Castle Trail

Castle Trail
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Owner description: Hiking trail that leads through prairie and Badlands country, and takes about two hours.
New Iberia, Louisiana
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96 reviews
40 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
“Loved this hike.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 26, 2012

This took us about 3 hours to complete. Lots of different scenery, Some climbing on rocks. We looped back on the Medicine trail so different views on the way back.

Visited May 2012
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Boulder
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64 reviews
35 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
“Fun hike, not strenuous”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 4, 2012

Marked by colored sticks, this trail is fairly easy to follow and wanders out into the formations and plateaus of Badlands. Joins in with the Medicine Root and Saddle trails. Watched Bighorn Sheep in their incredibly agile way of climbing and descending the formations.

Visited April 2012
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Coppell, TX
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132 reviews
66 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 229 helpful votes
“Easy trail - varied scenery of sandstone formations & prairieland”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 17, 2011

Castle Trail is a pretty easy trail offering views of the badlands sandstone formations and also prairielands. There are areas where you are walking directly through the tall prairie grasses so it's best on the legs to wear long pants. There is virtually no shade along the trail so if you are hiking in warm weather, hike early in the day, take plenty of water and don't forget the sunscreen. I forgot mine and was burnt to a crisp.

This trail is 10 miles round trip but you can cut it to 5 miles one-way if you have an extra vehicle to position at one end of the trail. Trailheads are located across the road from the Window & Notch Trail parking lot or at the Fossil Trail parking lot. Castle Trail makes a loop with Medicine Root trail. You can walk a 6.4 mile loop leaving off either end. We took a slight sidetrip and walked over to the top of the Saddle Pass Trail, nice views of the badlands below and prairielands.

Keep a watchful eye on your Castle Trail hike as this is rattlesnake country, you'll see the warning signs. We did the hike around the noon hour and didn't see any type of wildlife and luckily no snakes.

Visited June 2011
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Santa Fe, New Mexico
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82 reviews
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“Amazing, varied scenery”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 12, 2010

The hike took us a little longer than anticipated, but the trail was amazing. Takes you through some open grassy areas as well as sandstone formations. Some sections were a little challenging. We saw deer, antelope, rabbits, prairie dogs, numerous birds, and a rattlesnake (watch out).

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Minnesota
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98 reviews
31 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 76 helpful votes
“This trail was definitely a highlight of the badlands!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 31, 2009

My husband, 11 yr old daughter and I hiked this trail. It was AMAZING. The views are outstanding, the trail is not too difficult with only minor inclines, and some minor rock scrambling - you do have to keep track of where you are but it is well marked. The only time we got confused was in the very beginning of the trail.
It is absolutely outstanding and very peaceful. We only ran into 2 other people the whole time we were hiking and that was for a brief moment as they were going in the opposite direction. We saw multiple rock formations, cactii, some mountain goats, plains, and it was absolutely stunning. there were parts that were like being in a labyrinth. You may think you can view this anywhere in the badlands, but trust me- it's worth it.
We entered from the West trail head. After we completed the hike we found out that the usual direction was the opposite- from the Ben Reifel visitor center where we ended.

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