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Castle Trail

Easy/Intermediate
 4.5 (23)

The longest trail in the park with great views, badlands and level trail.


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Map Key

5.3

Miles

8.5

KM

Point to Point

2,673' 815 m

High

2,605' 794 m

Low

140' 43 m

Up

117' 36 m

Down

1%

Avg Grade (1°)

3%

Max Grade (2°)

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Description

This is the longest trail in the park that begins at the Door and Window parking area and travels five miles one way to the Fossil Exhibit Trail.

Relatively level, the path passes along some badlands formations that both tower above you and drop away below you. Most of the trail is on flat prairie, but does occasionally wander into badlands topography where the trail is hard to follow. Looking ahead and surmising the path of least resistance will help to find the other side of the trail.

Flora & Fauna

Bison, rattlesnakes, bighorn sheep, antelope, prairie flowers in the spring.

Contacts

Shared By:

Kyle Thompson

Trail Ratings

  4.5 from 23 votes

#259

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  4.5 from 23 votes
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#7

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#259

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Photos

Prairie Dog and Shadow, Badlands National Park
Mar 26, 2020 near Kadoka, SD
Storm clouds on the Castle Trail.
Apr 15, 2016 near Kadoka, SD
Badlands National Park
May 12, 2015 near Kadoka, SD
three alone
Mar 26, 2020 near Kadoka, SD
Hiking along the Castle Trail.
Apr 15, 2016 near Kadoka, SD
Badlands Castle Trail.
Apr 15, 2016 near Kadoka, SD

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Sep 10, 2022
Pam Van Erem
As part of saddle back and medicine loop trails 2mi
Sep 9, 2022
Pam Van Erem
We hiked a small part after setting up camp
Jul 3, 2022
Mia Bayar
May 13, 2022
Erin Andersen
Includes some shorter trails off the main Door/Window parking lot. Spotted three snakes (no rattlers), herd of deer and bighorn sheep. 11.8mi — 4h 41m
Apr 25, 2022
Jill Shaddy-Gouvion
Just did a bit of the end 0.4mi
Oct 2, 2021
David Hitchcock
Nice hike out through the Badlands where I saw Bighorn Sheep, Rattlesnakes, and some deer. Nice morning hike. 11mi
Aug 14, 2021
Rosie Betenbaugh
5.3mi — 1h 36m
Aug 2, 2021
Jennifer Spicher
4.8mi — 1h 58m