Ridge to Riverbed Badlands Trail

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4.0 km
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88 m
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Ridge to Riverbed Badlands Trail

The Ridge to Riverbed Badlands Trail explores an area of unique topography. Explore the painted desert abundant with badlands and mesas and enjoy incredible views of the Wind River Mountains. This short but scenic trek is worth adding to your hiking itinerary.

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Immerse yourself in the desert-like terrain along the Ridge to Riverbed Badlands Hike. Revealing the area’s topographic variety, this hike is unlike no other. Note as much of the path is cloaked with sagebrush and outcrops, the exposed path sees extreme conditions. Wear SPF and check the forecast before your departure. Additionally, it is important to be mindful of wildlife, including elk, deer, rattlesnakes, and bears, as you wander. After rainfall, this route sees muddy and slippery conditions, so avoid the trail at these times. Note this route goes off-trail, so use the trail GPS.

Hike amongst towering badlands and up ridges that expose unrivaled views of the mountainous landscape on the Ridge to Riverbed Badlands Hike. Setting out from the trailhead, the path will progress northeast into the rock garden. Using the trail GPS, you will eventually be diverted southwest from an intersection. Wander this route up a rocky red ridge that offers incredible views of the encompassing landscape. Mind your footing as you descend the other side of the bluff, down to a seasonal riverbed.

Beyond this point, the path will gradually descend along the creek, offering dramatic views of the bounding ridges. After some hiking, you will eventually reconnect with the initial junction. From here, follow the GPS and retrace your steps back to the trailhead.

Getting There

The Ridge to Riverbed Badlands Trail departs from the trailhead off Kingfisher Road.

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