Explore the most popular walking 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
2 days ago

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

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.

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.

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.

walking
10 months ago

Great for sunrise

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!

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.

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

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 thought trail was great. Very peaceful and the scenery was wonderful. I saw buffalo, wild horses and a lot of colorful birds.

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.

hiking
Saturday, July 02, 2016

Beautiful. Kg and Laney loved it.

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.

hiking
Friday, May 27, 2016

Great area to get away in. I actually combined 2 of the trails by going down one, then going off trail way out and connecting with the other to come back up to the parking lot. My recorded route got cut off for some reason but you can see the majority of where I went. You can just wander out here and still keep your bearings. Beautiful beautiful area. I'll be back.

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
Sunday, May 03, 2015

This trail doesn't have much in the way of scenery, it's mostly just grass infested with prairie dogs. At first I thought they were funny, but after several miles of them yelling at you they get very annoying.

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
Sunday, August 18, 2013

To get to the trailhead, if you are travelling on I-94, be sure to stop at the Painted Canyon Rest Area. The rest area is just east of the town of Medora, a historic location in its own right. The rest area includes a small park with shelters and a well equipped information center. A sidewalk winds along the fenced edge of the overlook. Near the west edge, you will find a short loop trail. It took us about 45 minutes to complete the loop, downhill at first, and then uphill back to the overlook at the same point we started the hike. There is also a trailhead that joins the main trail from the westernmost shelters. Even though the trail is only a mile, bring water, especially on a warm, North Dakota summer day. You will be glad you did.
From the overlook, the trail looks to be sand, rocks and low growing ground cover. A short distance from the overlook, we ran into a small forest. On a warm day, the shade was welcome. The trail is an easy walk for anyone with hiking experience. Though there are some steeper descents and climbs, the trail is well marked and should be an easy to moderate challenge for the non-hiker. The few forks we found in the trail always led back to the main trail, no matter which fork we chose to take.

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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