This is a really short and easy trail that is a lot of boardwalks and some staircases. It does gain some elevation. it is a nice walk through a juniper forest, one of the only areas in the park with trees. It smells amazing and and is very scenic. This short hike took maybe 45 minutes with multiple stops along... 更多
This relatively short trail goes up some stairs and steep inclines adding some strenuousness. There is actually some shade here - if it's very hot and you want more shade ascend counter-clockwise and go back down the way you came. Nice views at the top.
In July 2016, this is the first trail we went on and it was nice. Take your time through the trees, there are not many more trees or shade in the park. Wear good hiking shoes and pack lots of water. I recommend this trail for beginner to intermediate hikers.
Going up wasn't too bad, but coming back down gets a little interesting. Kids and husband had fun but this not as adventurous mom was a little stressed. Views are awesome.
Any hike - or time spent - in the Badlands is rewarding. But we didn't feel like this hike was a "must do" one. If you skipped it, you would not be missing one of the highlights of an amazing park.
I'd rank the Cliff Shelf Trail #4 of the short Badlands Trails. This trail offers panoramic views of the Badlands, a little more vegetation and shelter than the other trails, and possibly a better possibility of seeing wildlife. It's a loop trail too, so you don't have to backtrack. However, there are some steps and inclines, so it's not as... 更多
You have to climb a bit, mostly on stairs, but this is a good family trail that offers excellent views. Plus, it's one of the few places with trees and a bit of shade along the way.
It is right before the Ben Reifel center; different levels and the stairs even go right up to the mountain; we even saw a rattlesnake by the boardwalk!
This is a great trail to get a feel for a unique place. It does have some stairs, but it's not overly difficult. We could smell the pine trees, the bushes, and hear lots of birds. We highly recommend taking this one!
Not as nice as Notch or even Door but good for a warm-up of the area. Towards the end of the loop, we saw a rattler curled up on the trail. We didn't bother him and he didn't bother us!