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Fossil Exhibit Trail

A short family-friendly boardwalk hike with several placards detailing the fossils that have been found in the Badlands.

Hiking Easy

350 m
1 m
1 m
0-1 hrs
Low Point
812 m
High Point
814 m
Fossil Exhibit Trail Map

The Fossil Exhibit Trail in Badlands National Park is a short boardwalk loop with several displays highlighting the wildlife that used to roam the region. This source describes it as more of "an outdoor Visitor's Center than a hike to see some fossils," though its family-friendly feel and wheelchair accessibility make it a must-do hike if you have the time.


The hike begins with a placard denoting the "75-Million-Year Walk," but don't fret.. the trail is only a quarter-mile overall. There is no shade, however, so be sure to wear long-sleeves or apply plenty of sunscreen. Along the way, you'll pass exhibits of alligators, dogs, a three-toed horse, and plenty more! The regionally acclaimed and illusive "jackalope", however, did not make the list.

The most common ways to reach the trailhead are via the Interior or Northeast Entrances. The parking area is large and suitable for both RV's or travel trailers. Dogs are not allowed on this hike, and there is an entrance fee required to enter the park. Current rates can be seen here.



Walking along a well-kept trail that’s mostly flat. No obstacles are present.

Low Exposure

1 out of 4

The path is on completely flat land and potential injury is limited to falling over.


1 out of 4

Close to help in case of emergency.

Best time to visit

all year round


  • Wildlife
  • Historical
  • Picturesque
  • Wild flowers
  • Family friendly

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