Rangers Delight Trail is a 0.7 mile 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.

Length0.7 miElevation gain131 ftRoute typeOut & back
Dogs on leashKid friendlyHikingWalkingBird watchingRiverViewsWildlife
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Jodi Stammer
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HikingGreat!No shadeOff trail

Gorgeous views of the canyon! Nobody else on the trail (late afternoon). We started at the Ranger’s Delight trailhead, went to the viewpoint, then followed the connector trail (not always easy to follow, but you can easily walk around/scramble to find your way) to the State Line Trail viewpoint. We started back on the State Line Trail, but decided to go back the way we came to avoid having to walk on the road to get back to our car.

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David Platt
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HikingRocky

I thought the State Line Trail, a 2-minute drive down the road, offered much better views from the same cliff plus more exploration opportunities. You can skip this and not miss anything if you did State Line

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Kaylee Vandjelovic
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Easy hike with incredible views! Highly recommend.

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JtotheAagard .
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Sarah Strong
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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.

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

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Debby Bluem
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Hiking

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.

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Alan Bourne
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Hiking

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

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Ben Goodlad
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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.

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Ben Goodlad
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It is a great hike with a wonderful view!

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Jeff Hartman
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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.

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Michael Voll
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Nick SirLouis
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Alexander Clabo
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Ashlee Yates
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