Castle Trail, Badlands National Park

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Castle Trail is located in Badlands National Park. With our world travel planner, Badlands National Park attractions like Castle Trail can be center stage of your vacation plans, and you can find out about other attractions like it, unlike it, near it, and miles away.
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  • August 6, 2017
    We hit the trail after we hiked the Notch Trail. We hit the trail about 9, and we planned to hike the Castle Trail to the Medicine Root Trail and back to the car, which would be about 8 miles. I under...  more »
  • August 4, 2017
    This is the longest hike in the park-10 miles or all the way from the western end of the park to the eastern beginning of the park. It appears to be fairly straight and not that strenuous...you pass m...  more »
  • July 19, 2017
    We took to the Castle Trail because it's 10.1 Mike's and the others were much shorter. I expected the trail to take us through the Badlands (the scenic part) but there was a lot more prairie and flat ...  more »

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Where to stay in Badlands National Park

While Badlands National Park provides a handful of campgrounds within the park's boundaries, the Cedar Pass Lodge is the only place inside the park that gives you a roof over your head. Sitting 100 km (62.5 mi) away, Murdo is the most developed town east of the park. Here you'll find a handful of economy chain motels and locally owned lodges. About the same distance west of the park, Rapid City offers the same range of accommodations, but with more places to choose from. Rapid City provides more entertainment options and sits to the east of the Black Hills and north of Wind Cave National Park, making it a better choice as a place to stay if you're planning a longer vacation in the area.
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