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    Badlands Trail

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    Very Easy
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    1.3 km
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    31 m
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    Badlands Trail

    The Badlands Trail is a fine trail to see the beautiful scenery of Dinosaur Provincial Park.

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    Route Description for Badlands Trail

    If you’re driving the Scenic Loop Road in Dinosaur Provincial Park, then the Badlands Trail is a fun, family-friendly walk that offers spectacular views of the otherworldly landscape.

    The route is a lollipop and takes you on a leisurely walk into the badlands. Along the way, interpretive signboards have been posted to explain the area and its history.

    Enjoy stunning views of the Badlands on the accessible Badlands Trail.

    Insider Hints for Badlands Trail

    • It can be sweltering in summer, so try to avoid hiking during the heat of the day.
    • Stay on the trail. Off-trail areas in Dinosaur Provincial Park are restricted areas that you can’t access without a guide.
    • Be careful on the trails after a rainfall as the Badlands are notoriously slippery when wet.

    Getting to the Badlands Trail Trailhead

    From Brooks, head north on AB-873 for 11.3 km, then turn right onto AB 544. Head east for 16.3 km, then turn left at the Albertosaurus statue, following signs for Dinosaur Provincial Park. Take a right on Township Road 204, then head left at the junction with Range Road 125A, continuing for 3.0 km until taking a slight right onto Township Road 210A. Follow this road for 9.7 km, heading into Dinosaur Provincial Park.

    Drive past the Cretaceous Café and onto Scenic Loop Road. Follow the road until you see the parking for Badlands Trail. The trailhead is on the right-hand side of the road.

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