Saddle Pass Trailhead

Information board sits alongside boardwalk which extends into badlands formations under blue sky.
Badlands is an open hike park: off-trail hiking is allowed as long as you explore safely.

NPS Photo / Serena Rosales

Quick Facts
Interior, SD
One of the shortest hikes in the Badlands is also the steepest -- Saddle Pass is a blast for those seeking a climb.

Historical/Interpretive Information/Exhibits, Information Kiosk/Bulletin Board, Parking - Auto

This short trail climbs up the Badlands Wall to a view over the White River Valley. The trail ends where it connects with the Castle and Medicine Root Loop trails. Despite being one of the shorter trails in the park, Saddle Pass is one of the steepest, with approximately 300 feet of elevation change.

Badlands National Park

Last updated: December 16, 2020