Doggin’ Toadstool Geologic Park: Hike With Your Canine In Nebraska’s Badlands

America’s badlands obtained their ominous identify when early settlers discovered it
inconceivable to securely roll a wagon by the cracked lunar panorama within the Higher Midwest. Our most well-known badlands are preserved in nationwide parks within the Dakotas – and off limits to canine hikers.

To offer your canine an opportunity to discover these distinctive lands of sculpted rock,
head south from the Dakotas to the lesser-known badlands of the Nebraska
panhandle. Right here within the Gala Nationwide Grasslands you can find dog-friendly
Toadstool Geologic Park the place the relentless tag-team of water and wind have
carved fanciful rock formations into the stark hills.

The “toadstools” type when underlying gentle clay stone erodes quicker than the
laborious sandstone that caps it. You’ll be able to hike along with your canine on a marked, mile-long
interpretive loop that leads you on an academic journey by these
badlands. Your canine is welcome on the laborious rock path however you may also discover off
the trail for close-up appears within the gullies at fossil bone fragments that lace the
rocks and 30-million year-old footprints preserved within the stone.

There are some rocks to be scaled alongside the route however this ramble beneath
banded cliffs of clay and ash is appropriate for any degree of canine hiker. There may be solely
sporadic shade and seasonal streams on this historic riverbed so carry loads of
water to your canine, particularly in the summertime months. Take a break on the finish of
the hike within the small fenced yard of the reproduced sod home beside the parking

For prolonged canine hikes, Toadstool Park connects to the world-renowned
Hudson-Meng Bison Boneyard by way of a three-mile path. This archeological web site seeks to
unravel the thriller of how over 600 bison died almost 10,000 years in the past in an space
concerning the dimension of a soccer stadium. Human predation is the main suspect.

Toadstool Geologic Park is positioned 19 miles NW of Crawford, Nebraska on US
Forest Route 904 off State freeway 2/71. The path begins in the back of the six-
unit campground.