Cliff Shelf Trailhead

A sloped boardwalk proceeds through cedar trees and towards badlands buttes under a blue sky.
On Cliff Shelf Nature Trail, enjoy a Badlands rarity: shade, provided by a grove of junipers.

NPS Photo / Serena Rosales

Quick Facts
Interior, SD
This short loop trail is great for scenic views of the Badlands.

Accessible Sites, Parking - Auto, Parking - Bus/RV, Scenic View/Photo Spot, Trailhead, Wheelchair Accessible

This loop follows boardwalks and climbs stairs through a juniper forest perched along the Badlands wall. Abundant shade is provided by the junipersĀ and a small pond occasionally exists in the area, which attracts local wildlife. The trail has some boardwalks and stairs, which climb approximately 200 feet in elevation.

Badlands National Park