Badlands National Park: Pinnacles Overlook

Although short, this popular 0.2-mile trail to Pinnacles Overlook offers big views of Badlands National Park's iconic rock formations.
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Although short, this popular 0.2-mile trail to Pinnacles Overlook offers big views of Badlands National Park's iconic rock formations.

It's easy to squeeze this short, 0.2-mile hike to Pinnacles Overlook into your Badlands National Park trip. From the large parking area just 8 miles south of Wall, take in dramatic views of rocky pinnacles that extend to the southwest. Next, descend a set of wooden steps that lead to a broad ledge overlooking the Badlands formations. At the bottom of the stairs, bear left at a Y-junction marked by a "Beware of Rattlesnakes" sign. Follow the path around the ledge to a fenced overlook. From this prime vantage point, you'll find more spectacular views of rock formations and distant grasslands. When you're ready, climb the stairs to return to the parking area.

MORE PARK INFO: Badlands National Park, (605) 433-5361; nps.gov/badl/.
-Mapped by Kim Phillips

Trail Facts

  • Distance: 0.3

Waypoints

PIN001

Location: 43.8696182, -102.2334346

From the large parking area at the Pinnacles Overlook, head toward the set of wooden stairs.

PIN002

Location: 43.8695131, -102.2333193

Descend the stairs that lead to a broad ledge overlooking a sea of rocky pinnacles.

PIN003

Location: 43.8692559, -102.2335446

Bear left at Y-junction for a short loop.

PIN004

Location: 43.8692655, -102.2343493

Turn left to reach an overlook with an interpretive sign.

PIN005

Location: 43.8692617, -102.2347006

From this prime vantage point, you'll find more spectacular views of Badlands formations and distant grasslands. Return to Waypoint 4 and continue straight toward the stairs and parking area.

Badlands Formations

Location: 43.8692694, -102.2346175

View from Parking Area

Location: 43.8696175, -102.2334051

Stairs

Location: 43.8695208, -102.2332603

Beware of Rattlesnakes

Location: 43.8692617, -102.2334909

Badlands Formations

Location: 43.8691302, -102.2335124

Badlands Formations

Location: 43.8690722, -102.2340542

Badlands Formations

Location: 43.8692694, -102.2344834

Badlands Formations

Location: 43.8692694, -102.2345531

Interpretive Sign at Pinnacles Overlook

Location: 43.8692655, -102.2346604