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Castle Trail

 4.6 (8)

Length


5.3 Miles 8.5 Kilometers


140' 43 m

Ascent

-117' -36 m

Descent

1%

Avg Grade (1°)

3%

Max Grade (2°)

2,673' 815 m

High

2,605' 794 m

Low

Conditions


Unknown

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

ktboundary Thompson

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National Park rules apply.

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.

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Oct 11, 2018
Greer Vogl
Sep 25, 2018
Adrianna Carey
Sep 9, 2018
Kylie Radjenovic
5mi
Sep 7, 2018
Hannah Leidall
Started from the back side of the trail, very unclear where to walk. Hiked for 2 hours kind of found a trail and just walked back to our start.
Aug 9, 2018
Nikki Morrow
Ran out of water and hitch hiked back to my car what a day 7mi
Aug 8, 2018
Kathleen Emerson
2mi
Jul 9, 2018
Paul Gormisky
Jul 1, 2018
Dan Cole

Trail Ratings

  4.6 from 8 votes

#1497

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  4.6 from 8 votes
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in South Dakota

#1,497

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