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Saddle Pass Trail, Badlands National Park

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Saddle Pass Trail is located in Badlands National Park. Add Saddle Pass Trail to your Badlands National Park travel itinerary, and discover new vacation ideas by using our Badlands National Park vacation planner.
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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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  • We hiked a portion of the Saddle Pass trail that took us to a very high, narrow peak for a great view! The trail was very narrow and steep in parts with lots of loose gravel. I was a bit nervous at ti...  more »
  • Although Saddle Pass Trail is short, about 0.5 mile round trip, it is the most strenuous hike at Badlands National Park due to its steepness, rapidly changes in elevation, loose footings, slippery gro...  more »
  • I did the hike up Saddle Pass, then came back down. The hike was more impressive than the view to me. Being up close to the Badlands formations was a unique aspect of the hike and the formations vary ...  more »