Path of the Sky People Trail

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Path of the Sky People Trail is a 1.9 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Mindenmines, Missouri that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, nature trips, and birding and is accessible year-round.

1.9 miles
45 feet

kid friendly



nature trips


wild flowers


no dogs

Path of the Sky People Trail loops through the Tzi-Sho Prairie, which is translated from the Native American Osage to "Sky People." It goes through a hard pan prairie. This trail loops through the Tzi-Sho Prairie, which is translated from the Native American Osage to "Sky People." It goes through a hard pan prairie, where the Henslow's sparrow or an upland sandpiper may be heard. Other prairie wildlife, such as badgers or white-tailed deer, may be seen. A white connector trail can be followed for about a half-mile that will cross a road and join up with Sandstone Trail to extend the hike.

Sunday, May 15, 2016

It was a very boring drive from north Joplin to the trail, but it was a nice change to be on a trail that isn't interrupted by suburbia and crowded with people. It was a beautiful Saturday afternoon and we were the only people on the trail. The landscape was a little lacking, but it was my first time hiking through a prairie so, again, a big change.
My husband thought it was "desolate" and "boring" because it is a loop trail through some pretty unentertaining terrain.
I like getting away from the city, so the only thing that was a huge downer for me were the stretches of mud and ankle-deep water in some spots. I was not prepared for that.
I probably won't do this trail again since I'm sure there are others close to the same distance that will be as enjoyable.

Monday, October 12, 2015

This trail is actually situated in the Lester R. Davis Memorial Forest right across the road from Prairie State Park. Mr. Davis planted the area, which had been devastated by strip mining, with plants, trees and shrubs from all over the place. As a result, forest is now densely forested with very non-native species. I'm not used to seeing tall pines in Missouri!

The MDC has done some recent work in the area attempting to prevent strip pits from eroding the road. Last time I was here, I found some pieces of coal uncovered by the bulldozers. The forest still bears the scars of strip mining, and no amount of planting will ease the deep furrows between long piles of mining waste, but it's encouraging to know that Davis seized an opportunity to make a difference in SWMO.

9 months ago