Explore the most popular views 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.

16 days ago

Great trail!

hiking
4 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.

The trail is a great way to experience the park. I did this on a 100 degree day in July, but the actual hike was not that challenging, providing you bring enough water. The biggest challenges were the flies and frequent crossings of a muddy creek.

hiking
6 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
7 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
7 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.

backpacking
8 months ago

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.

Gorgeous trail. The nature trail at the start is very informative. The ascent is steep but when you climb out of the trees it's well worth it. The descent was punishing. High steps that were jarring for this short person.

Awesome trail. Took me about 10.5 hrs to complete. Very little water in the late season.

Beautiful in its own way. Mostly arid and Little shade. Close up buffaloes and also a coyote. Lots of prairie dog villages.

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
9 months ago

Great challenge with amazing views.

hiking
10 months ago

This trail was AMAZING! I loved the 'nature trail' section which was a great opportunity to learn about the geology and plants. Further on I experienced the best views I saw at the park, which is saying a lot... It seemed to be longer than 4 miles, most likely due to the amount of times I had to stop to take in the views. I was shocked and pleased to find myself alone throughout the entire length of the trail. With such grand views I would expect more people to frequent. 95 degrees isn't so bad when it is dry heat and with a heavy breeze. At a point in the trail, you will see an improvised fence blocking a side trail to the left. TAKE THIS TRAIL! You will be glad you did

fishing
10 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.

10 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.

hiking
10 months ago

One of the most spectacular trails I've ever done. Fantastic views at the top along delightful ridge trail and also very interesting under foot as you cross a bentonite clay section with active erosion. The ranger said this was the best trail in all of the Badlands. Lightly trafficked as we saw no-one else (likely due to the extreme heat).

hiking
10 months ago

very fun hike. I am a rather out of shape guy and only had issues getting up the first elevation rise at the parking lot. it was a very quick rise but after that the trail was easy peasy. lots of good views

walking
10 months ago

Great for sunrise

walking
10 months ago

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

Amazing hike with the family.

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.

trail running
11 months ago

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!

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.

backpacking
Thursday, March 02, 2017

This is a beautiful trail that winds through the Theodore Roosevelt National Park. It can be used for backcountry camping which is what I did. I saw wild horses, buffalo and 3 prairie dog towns. If you are planning to backcountry camp on this trail heed my warning. There are many stream crossings throughout this trail. The water can not be filtered because it contains bentonite clay. It will ruin your filter. Bring the water you will need for your trip. Also heed this warning, make sure you pay close attention to the weather. My weekend had no rain in the forecast but a HUGE thunderstorm rolled through one evening. I woke up the next morning to find that the river crossings had risen to over my head. They don't call them the badlands for nothing people! It is a beautiful trail none the less!!

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.

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 !

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