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Notch Trail, Badlands National Park

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  • This is a great hike. Be sure to take water, especially on a hot day. There is a ladder that's not too bad going up, but tested my fears on the way down. The rungs were just far enough apart that my l...  more »
  • This was a great trail, probably not suitable for really young children. This was a spectacular view of the badlands, felt like you got I side the actual canyons. If you only have Ti e for one, pick t...  more »
  • Unfortunately, comparisons with other trails in the Park are missing, but our time was enough only for the notch Trail :( With a length of 1.5 miles (round trip), the distance is good to create. We find the rating of 'moderate to strenous' somewhat exaggerated, because only the part of the ladder is a "little challenge". And the trail itself offers a great panorama. Including some photo stops we needed just over an hour.
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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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