Explore the most popular birding trails in Theodore Roosevelt National Park with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

hiking
25 days ago

Full disclosure my wife and I only hiked to the prairie dog town and back. Good prairie views and of the concretions, and of course the prairie dogs.

My husband and I did this trail in August, 2018 at the recommendation of park rangers, we wanted some experience with an overnight hike. It was a hot day and we had plenty of water and our filter, however thee was no water source to use to refill or filter, the juniper campground was close to the trail so we hiked there to refill then tried to find a spot to pitch our tent. The trail had some very poorly marked areas, we went off the main trail several times, making this 12 mile hike over 16. Had it not been for the excellent AllTrails app, not sure we would have found the trail. We did see beautiful peaks and a lone bison which we gave wide berth. Prairie dog town was cute, you are very close to them. The final few miles were impossible to find the trail so we hiked on or near the road.

hiking
1 month ago

Great trail with varied scenery, good elevation, tons of prairie dogs, and wonderful views. we combined this trail with a part of the maah daah hey trail to make it a loop. We even saw a bison right off the trail!

The June day we hiked was perfect 70F, partly cloudy with a mild breeze. The grass was green and flowers in full bloom. The main challenges were crossing the Little Missouri River and the Knutson Creek. The trail had some steep areas when leaving the valley getting up to the plateau, but nothing too slick or dangerous. We crossed through a pass and came across a geological formation of gray sandstone just couple hundred yards off trail. We hike through the grass to examine the structure. We were rewarded with close encounter to the sandstone shield with pillars and capstones. It was about 75 foot in diameter and 40-foot-tall with no growth on it. We climbed around and enjoyed lunch before continuing on trail. We looped on the Big Plateau Trail back to the river. Most hikers do not cross the river, our hike was quiet and we did not see any other hikers after crossing river. One note, ticks are heavy in this area, make sure to use Deet liberally and monitor. I give this a 4 star for well marked, easy to follow trail and the quiet colorful environment.

This trail was somewhat overgrown and is primarily used as a connector trail for some of the wilderness trails and the Jones Creek trail. The trail is not well marked and can get confusing with many of the horse and bison trails in the area.

My sister and I hiked this with my 4-year old and 1-year old. We loved this trail! We used the guide booklet available at the trailhead to learn about the area and keep the kids engaged. The guide is very well designed, and we really enjoyed learning about how the different rocks formed and the why the rocks are the colors they are. It was a perfect hike for our group!

hiking
3 months ago

Loved this trail!! Amazing history! If you are going through the park, dont pass this one up!

hiking
4 months ago

This one is pretty straight forward. Not a long trail, but it provides some good views of this portion of the Badlands. You can definitely see the coal layer of the Badlands along this trail.

hiking
4 months ago

Good short hike! Trail was super easy to follow. Definitely worth your time.

hiking
4 months ago

Wish the trail was longer, we had the chance to be 5 feet from a bison which was pretty awesome.

hiking
Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Due to past washout, the trail was hard to follow. With so many other spectacular trails in the park, this one isn't as impressive. I did spot a mule deer at close proximity along this trail.

backpacking
Wednesday, September 20, 2017

We had a great hike here over the Labor Day long weekend. The badlands rock formations are wonderful and we had the opportunity to see a lot of wildlife including Bison, Prairie Dogs and even a rattle snake. The first mile or so of this track (starting near the park entrance) is a bit narrower and steeper than we expected. I would suggest long pants because the undergrowth is quite prickly.

hiking
Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Definitely an adventure with some areas through high grass and jumping small rivers but worth it to see every type of topography the park has to offer. Saw bison bones on the hike but limited animal life in August

hiking
Saturday, August 05, 2017

Great challenge with amazing views.

trail running
Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Defiantly a hard trail to run due to bison tracks making the trail really uneven but it's a great run if your looking for a challenge!

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

This trail was beyond my equipment and provisions. Physically, I could've walked the trail, however my judgement told me, I did't have the equipment required for such a trek. The outdoors requires a level of respect, and out hear anything can happen.

I enjoyed the photos, don't buy upgrades walk'em !

hiking
Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Good short hike. For geology buffs - amazing!

backpacking
Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Buckhorn trail at Theodore Roosevelt National Park north unit was a great one day hike. It had a great mixture of hills, flats, and scenery. My favorite part was seeing a massive herd of bison on the plateau.

Monday, August 31, 2015

Currently closed due to a washout. The ranger said it would be closed for a while since it was a pretty major washout

hiking
Tuesday, September 10, 2013

This trail is off the Scenic Loop Drive in the south unit of the Teddy Roosevelt National Park. There is one place where the trail is really steep, and we had to be careful not to slip and fall. The rest was easy and nearly level.

hiking
Thursday, June 14, 2012

NOTE*** this trail is located in the North Unit of the park. It is an hour north of Medora. The closest city is Grassy butte or Watford City! This is a great trail for backpacking or an extended day hike. It stays on the north end of the park and there alot of up and down and you cross a creek. There is a spring located along the trail. If you start at the caprock coulee trail head you can see a prairie dog town just a half mile up.

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