Cliﬀ Shelf Nature Trail
The dense, compacted area of a geologic slump retains moisture and fosters the rich vegetation you see on this trail.
Things to Know Before You Go
Accessible Boardwalk Trail
The boardwalk for this trail extends about 100 meters.
Please stay on the established trail.
Some areas beyond the trail are unstable and would crumble if walked on. Also, we hope areas beyond the trail can revegetate if not walked on.
Be alert for prairie rattlesnakes that often rest in crevices. If you travel quietly you can sometimes hear their warning rattle.
Please respect our wildlife and do not feed animals, including birds. If fed, the black-billed magpie can quickly become an aggressive beggar.
Avoid poison ivy, which is common here.
The stairs and viewing platform for this trail were built by volunteers from Telecom Pioneers.
Location. 43° 45.021′ N, 101° 55.863′ W. Marker is in Scenic, South Dakota, in Pennington County
Other nearby markers. At least 5 other markers are within 10 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The Badlands Wall (approx. 2.9 miles away); Typical Sod House Homesteader (approx. 5.1 miles away); Civilian Conservation Corps Camps (approx. 5½ miles away); Closer than You Imagined (approx. 5.9 miles away); Journey to Wounded Knee (approx. 10.1 miles away).
Categories. • Animals • Natural Features •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on July 30, 2011, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland. This page has been viewed 560 times since then and 36 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on July 30, 2011, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland.