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Castle Trail

Easy/Intermediate
 4.5 (21)

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 21 votes

#253

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  4.5 from 21 votes
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#7

in South Dakota

#253

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Photos

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
Prairie Dog and Shadow, Badlands National Park
Mar 26, 2020 near Kadoka, SD
Badlands Castle Trail.
Apr 15, 2016 near Kadoka, SD

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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 2, 2021
Jennifer Spicher
4.8mi — 1h 58m
Jul 15, 2021
Thomas Horn
2mi
May 19, 2021
Elizabeth Higgins
11h 04m
Sep 22, 2020
Sandy Childrey
0.5mi
Aug 17, 2020
Jen Kwok
Aug 2, 2020
Matt Roy
2mi
Jul 4, 2020
Walter Kiefer
Castle Trail out and back to Badlands Loop Rd 3mi — 1h 22m