Saddle Pass Trail In South Dakota Is Full Of Awe-Inspiring Rock Formations
South Dakota is well-known for its interesting rock formations — the state is home to Mount Rushmore, perhaps the most iconic American rock formation, after all! But there are so many other gorgeous, rocky places in the state. One visit to Badlands National Park to hike
Saddle Pass Trail proves that! Here’s what to know about this short but beautiful hike.
Saddle Pass Trail is a gorgeous hike located in South Dakota's Badlands National Park.
On this trail, you'll get to admire the many fascinating rock formations in the park!
It almost feels like an alien landscape in Badlands National Park. It can be eerie, but always beautiful.
The rocks jutting out of the plains of south Dakota are just so jaw-dropping and stunning!
This particular trail is not long — it's a little over half a mile long.
However, that doesn't mean it's super easy. The out-and-back trail has an elevation of 216 feet, getting you up high in a short distance. It's rated "moderate" on AllTrails.
But that elevation gain is worth it — you get a fantastic view of the Badlands.
We're just in awe of the rock formations here!
Make sure you pack good hiking shoes for this trip. The trail can get rocky and quite slippery.
On a windy day, the gusts up here can feel very powerful, contributing to the need for shoes you won't slip in!
We would definitely recommend this hike when you're looking for a fun, quick challenge.
People of many different ages and skill levels will enjoy it.
Also keep in mind that Badlands National Park charges a fee to enter — $30 per private vehicle, or $15 if you're a individual hiking or biking in.
You can also get an annual pass if you expect you'll visit the park often. It's only $55 a year!
Are you familiar with this trail? Are there others in the Badlands you’d recommend?
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