Painted Canyon Nature Trail

EASY 21 reviews

Painted Canyon Nature Trail is a 1.1 mile loop trail located near Fairfield, North Dakota that offers scenic views. The trail is good for all skill levels and primarily used for hiking.

DISTANCE
1.1 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
259 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

kid friendly

hiking

views

no dogs

Theodore Roosevelt National Park By Mail Box 7 Medora, ND 58645-0007 By Phone South Unit Information 701 623-4466 North Unit Information 701 842-2333 By Fax 701-623-4840 Street Address 315 2nd Ave Medora, ND 58645

hiking
1 month 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

hiking
1 month ago

Breathtaking and dusty! A perfect diversion from the drive on I-94. The entrance to the park is also a highway rest stop.

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3 months ago

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3 months ago

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4 months ago

5 months ago

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
5 months ago

hiking
5 months ago

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.

6 months ago

hiking
6 months ago

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6 months ago

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.

Thursday, October 06, 2016

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Tuesday, September 27, 2016

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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

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 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.

Thursday, July 07, 2016

hiking
Saturday, July 02, 2016

Beautiful. Kg and Laney loved it.

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.

Sunday, June 14, 2015