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greenBlue Castle Trail

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5.3 mile 8.5 kilometer point to point
Easy/Intermediate

Elevation

Ascent: 140' 43 m
Descent: -117' -36 m
High: 2,673' 815 m
Low: 2,605' 794 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 1% (1°)
Max Grade: 3% (2°)

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

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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.

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May 25, 2019
NOBUHIRO KONDO
May 24, 2019
Katie C
Tried in the AM, mud forced us to turn around. Tried again from the trailhead close to saddle pass. Beautiful open prairie views
Oct 21, 2018
Brian Ertl
Oct 13, 2018
Rachel Pierstorff
2.5mi
Oct 12, 2018
Rachel Pierstorff
2.5mi
Oct 11, 2018
Greer Vogl
Sep 25, 2018
Adrianna Carey
Sep 13, 2018
Willem Kupper
Gorgeous, flat, calm, varied. 5.3mi

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  4.5 from 13 votes

#410

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#6

in South Dakota

#410

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