Notch Trailhead

A sign marked Notch Trail alongside a trail proceeding amid badlands buttes under blue sky.
Notch is the park's most popular trail, and as such sees the most injuries -- be careful out there!

NPS Photo / Earl Perez-Foust

Quick Facts
Wall, SD
One of the most popular hikes in the Badlands, Notch Trail is known for its log ladder and fantastic views.

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After meandering through a canyon, this 1.5-mile (round trip) trail climbs a log ladder and follows a ledge to “the Notch” for a dramatic view of the White River Valley. Trail begins at the south end of the Door and Window parking area. Watch for drop-offs. Not recommended for anyone with a fear of heights. Treacherous during or after heavy rains or snow.

Badlands National Park