Rangers Delight Trail is a 1.1 kilometer out and back trail located near Fort Smith, Montana that features a river and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, and bird watching. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 1.1 km Elevation Gain: 40 m Route Type: Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly



bird watching




9 months ago

Sun Aug 12 2018

Combined most rim hike by starting State Line trail, very nice loop ending back at State Line. Pretty level, SW colors, water way down. 1 hour 15 minutes including getting lost a little bit.

Tue Sep 05 2017

This was an amazing view! Must do if in the area! Video Review: https://youtu.be/dErWuW3zu7Y?t=148

Tue Aug 01 2017

If you have to pick just one hike, take the State Line Trail. It is a bit easier, more scenic with a great view of the canyon. The view at the end of the Ranger's Delight trail barely overlooks the river and canyon. This hike was also a bit more strenuous than the State Line Trail and not as scenic.

Wed Jun 28 2017

This is an easy trail with a dramatic view at the end. On a scale of one to WOW, it is a double WOW!!!!!

Sun Apr 23 2017

Park in the designated area on the west side of the park road one-half mile north of the Montana state line. The trail begins on the east side of the road on the lower north edge of the draw. While following the faint road cut, it is easy to feel like the only person that has ever hiked this trail. Continue to follow the trail through the saddle and toward the canyon. At the cut-off fence post and trail marker, you can turn left and hike toward the rim. This is the end of the trail. Walking to the right will bring you into the bend of the river and give unique views of the canyon. Walking to the left, you have a good view of the ledge below with a sheep trail that treacherously traces the canyon rim. For more solitude and exploration go back to the cut-off fence post and continue to follow the road cut and trail markers to the State Line trail. The connecting trail is 0.37 miles each way.

Sun Apr 16 2017

It is a great hike with a wonderful view!

Sun May 08 2016

While the Ranger's Delight trail itself isn't exactly fantastic (I prefer Sullivan's Knob or the Plateau hike next to the State Line Trail), it does offer a vantage point for finding a fairly easy way down to the canyon rim. I hiked down a bit to the rim for great views and then followed the rim a bit further north for even better views looking towards Devil's Canyon.

8 months ago

Sun Jul 01 2018