Cliff Shelf Nature Trailhead, Badlands National Park

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Cliff Shelf Nature Trailhead is located in Badlands National Park. Plan your visit to Cliff Shelf Nature Trailhead and a wealth of other attractions, well-known and undiscovered, using our Badlands National Park family vacation planner.
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  • 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.  more »
  • 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 v...  more »
  • 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 a...  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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