Sheep Mountain Road is on the eastern edge of Badlands National Park north of Pennington, South Dakota. The 7.27-mile out-and-back trail runs deep into the otherworldly landscapes of the Badlands. Sitting atop Sheep Mountain Table, pullouts offer stunning, panoramic views of the ruggedly eroded geology below. There are also opportunities for exploring further into the wilderness, with several hiking trails along the way.
The trail begins as a maintained gravel road at the trailhead but turns into a two-track trail about 2 miles in. Deep-cut ruts in the trail make having a 4-wheel drive vehicle with high clearance necessary, especially after a storm rolls through and makes the trail muddy.
Unfortunately, there is no camping allowed along the trail. But there are established campgrounds within Badlands National Park closer to Wall, South Dakota, approximately 40 miles away.
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