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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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.
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From the large parking area at the Pinnacles Overlook, head toward the set of wooden stairs.
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Descend the stairs that lead to a broad ledge overlooking a sea of rocky pinnacles.
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Bear left at Y-junction for a short loop.
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Turn left to reach an overlook with an interpretive sign.
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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.
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View from Parking Area
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Beware of Rattlesnakes
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Interpretive Sign at Pinnacles Overlook
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