"Cliff Shelf Trail" Badlands National Park Things to Do Tip by Toughluck

Badlands National Park Things to Do: 76 reviews and 179 photos

This is a kid friendly trail. Boardwalks, lots of steps, and open foot paths. All drop-offs have railings and boardwalk. It's also about the only trail with trees, thus shade and a bit cooler. We were there on a rainy day. Yes, it does rain, but don't count on it. The trail winds through a cedar grove (Junipers to some). This area was undercut until the ground slumped, dropped, compressing the soils so that the rain (when it comes) does not run off, but sinks in and stays. Thus trees.

It's short at a half mile (.8 km).

Address: Just east of the Visitor Center
Website: http://www.nps.gov/badl/planyourvisit/hiking.htm

Review Helpfulness: 2.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Written Oct 28, 2011
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