Fossil Exhibit Trail, Fossil Exhibit Trailhead, Badlands National Park, South Dakota

Fossil Exhibit Trail - 0.2 miles

Fossil Exhibit Trailhead

View from the Fossil Exhibit Trail

View from the Fossil Exhibit Trail

Round-Trip Length: 0.2 miles (Handicap Accessible)
Start-End Elevation: 2,680' - 2,680'
Elevation Change: No Elevation Change
Skill Level: Easy
Dogs Allowed: Yes
Bikes Allowed: No
Horses Allowed: No
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Fossil Exhibit Trail - 0.2 Miles Round-Trip

Family friendly and handicap accessible, the short Fossil Exhibit Loop is a worthwhile excursion. Interpretive signs discuss the Badlands' unique pre-historic inhabitants, and a few actual fossils are showcased along the trail.

Classic badland formations frame the trailside, and early morning provides the best light for photographing this distinctly attractive area. Ambitious and well-prepared hikers may wish to venture off trail and explore the complex maze of spires, pinnacles and knife-edge ridges just west of the trail.

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Key GPS Coordinates - DATUM WGS84

  • N43 46.378 W102 00.174 — 0.0 Miles: Fossil Exhibit Trailhead

Worth Noting

  • Consider taking a few steps on the nearby Castle Trail. A relatively easy walk from the trailhead leads to fantastic scenery and view points.

Directions to Trailhead

The Fossil Exhibit Trailhead is located approximately 5 miles west of the Ben Reifel Visitor Center on Highway 240 (Badlands Loop Road). The trailhead is located on the West side of the road.

Contact Information

Badlands National Park
25216 Ben Reifel Road
P.O. Box 6
Interior, SD 57750

Park Headquarters

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