The Badlands Trail is a 1.3 km loop that winds and bends through the history that has remained in the hoodoos. This is a great, short trail for anyone of any age. The views and the landscape are outstanding. The trail leads you to part of the park that is next to the natural preserved area where you can only enter with a guide. The hoodoos have been well carved out through time. What once was a subtropical paradise, all that remains are fossils hidden away underneath the ground the trail takes you on and in the soft sandstone hoodoos that that continue to erode away year by year.
There are many viewpoints along the way in this canyon of hoodoos, including one that overlooks a wide valley. It's hard to imagine that millions of years ago, dinosaurs use to roam these lands. Although not recommended, you can climb on the hoodoos and get a better view from the top, along with some awesome photos of the unique landscape that surrounds you.
This interpretative trail has 8 signs that help to explain the formation of the hoodoos and how the plants and wildlife have adapted to the environment. There is a staircase for part of the trail making it easier to go up and down on some parts of the trail. Since the hoodoos are made of such soft sandstone material the trail can get a bit slippery when wet. It is recommended you wear closed shoes (footwear) since there are rattlesnakes, black widow spiders and scorpions and keep some bug spray close for those pesky mosquitoes in the summertime!
Badlands Trail Trip Log
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