Explore the most popular kid friendly 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.

Nice short hike with beautiful views. The colors are spectacular at this spot.

hiking
6 days 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
6 days ago

Another trail in Teddy Roosevelt that we really enjoyed as a family. Great views of the river bend. Doesn't take a lot of time, so make sure you stop and enjoy the view. Posted some pictures, hopefully they will help with your trail planning!

hiking
6 days ago

This one is pretty straight forward. Paved trail that leads to a great overview. We enjoyed the climb up the hill and the incredible views at the top.

We really enjoyed this hike. Plenty of stairs but they lead to great views of the badlands. Not a long hike. Buffalo tracks on the trail after you clear the stairs so be prepared for wildlife on this one. We enjoyed all our hikes in Teddy Roosevelt NP. I hope the pictures posted will help you with your trail planning!

hiking
14 days ago

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

hiking
14 days ago

Awesome view! Loved every second of it!

camping
21 days ago

It was good. Nice easy trail and we saw a bunch of Buffalo off in the distance at sunset

Amazing views, paste your self on the trail unless you love stairs. Overall it kicked me and girlfriend butts and was definitely a good hike.

hiking
25 days ago

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

hiking
5 months ago

This is very short, and it's hard to even call this a trail. It's more like a scenic overlook, but the views were amazing overlooking the Little Missouri, and I saw a lone bison nearby.

hiking
7 months ago

Got my hopes up for this trail to see beautiful painted colors canyon. I was not impressed. I've seen better ones in other parks down in Arizona and Nevada. The trail was also steep and everything just seemed pretty dull. Maybe it was the wrong season for it? Who knows

Breathtaking and dusty! A perfect diversion from the drive on I-94. The entrance to the park is also a highway rest stop.

hiking
8 months ago

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.

hiking
8 months ago

It's not much of a hike because one can drive to the top of Buck Hill, but the views are sweeping and the wind whips across the badlands. The sensations are amazing. You'll likely have the hill to yourself.

fishing
11 months ago

This was excellent! I really enjoyed it and the solitude that was available. I went at 5pm or so, so there were not too many people. Great vistas.

11 months ago

This was excellent! I really enjoyed it and the solitude that was available. I went at 5pm or so, so there were not too many people. Great vistas.

This trail was hot, exposed and did not really reveal anything that cannot be seen from the overlook at the rest stop. I enjoy when there are reveals within a hike to new vistas. On this hike, you go down a ways only to come back to where you started without seeing much new. It was certainly good workout though.

walking
11 months ago

Great for sunrise

walking
11 months ago

Easy walk with some stairs. Goes up to the Canyon and loops back down

Amazing hike with the family.

hiking
Friday, June 16, 2017

The rest area and welcome center offer spectacular views with several options for hiking, whether you want to take a short walk into the painted canyon or you want to explore Teddy Roosevelt National Park in greater depth. The western access point offers the short loop to wet your appetite, while the eastern access point takes you down the painted canyon trail into the greater national park. You can't go wrong with either option.

hiking
Friday, May 26, 2017

A really fun hike, and a good warm-up for longer and more intense hikes, but we went after a major rainstorm and the mud turned this from a pleasant walking trail into a moderately grueling hike. Neat scenery, and a memorable experience scrambling up slippery mud slopes, but fair warning if you go during/shortly after heavy rain: you will be FILTHY by the end.

hiking
Wednesday, March 01, 2017

Easy, but steep hike up to the top of the hill. You definitely get some amazing views.

walking
Wednesday, March 01, 2017

Simple, easy trail across a flat area. You get to walk through a prairie dog town, but they go into their holes when you walk through.

hiking
Wednesday, February 08, 2017

Watched the sunset from one of the lower points and it was beautiful. Definitely recommend finishing the day here, still very nice during the day too.

hiking
Tuesday, August 30, 2016

This was a nice warm up hike before i did some more hiking in the area. dropping in and coming out of the canyon wasn't hard at all. It didn't even seem like a 1.1 mile hike while doing it. It was awesome to see the different sediments up close, and being up close with nature with the interstate being right behind you.

hiking
Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Good short hike. For geology buffs - amazing!

hiking
Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Easy trail - but I have never seen anything like the landscape out here! It was amazing! Went early in the morning so a little cooler. Colors were incredible.

Saturday, July 30, 2016

I completed the trail that ends at upper paddock trail. The climb up was pretty good and the climb back down was easy. Saw one big buffalo lounging in a dirt hole.

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