Exhibit Trail

Location: South Dakota
Trip Starts: Fossil Exhibit TH
Trip Ends: Fossil Exhibit TH
Total Distance: 0.25 mile
Hike Type: Roundtrip, Loop Hike
Hike Difficulty: Easy
Trails Used: Fossil Exhibit Trail
Trail Traffic: Heavy
Trip Type: Day Hike
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Badlands National Park
25216 Ben Reifel Road
Interior, SD 57750
(605) 433-5361


The Badlands are an area of sharply eroded buttes, pinnacles, and spires that cover the western part of both North and South Dakota.  However, Badlands National Park is located in the southwestern corner of South Dakota.  The western entrance to the Park is less than an hour from Rapid City, and is a gateway to 242,756 acres of uniquely eroded features and wide open grass prairie.

The Fossil Exhibit trail is a short and easy hike along a boardwalk near Norbeck Pass in Badlands National Park.  In prehistoric times, this area was covered by the ocean, then eventually because an inland swamp as the water receded and began to reform North America.  Many fossils are found in this area and the short trail tells the ancient history of the Badlands and the animals that roamed here through a series of exhibits on the walkway.  There are outstanding views in all directions with many interesting rock formations on this trail.

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