Painted Canyon Trail is a 4.3 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Belfield, North Dakota that offers the chance to see wildlife and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and nature trips.

Length4.3 miElevation gain442 ftRoute typeOut & back
HikingNature tripsWildlifeNo shade
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This trail starts at the Painted Canyon Visitor Center of Theodore Roosevelt National Park. The visitor center is open seasonally from May through October, but the hike can be done year round.

Restrooms are available at the visitor center when it's open.

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Rob K
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Fun trail. Not to challenging. Lots of wildlife. Worth the treck.

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Tom Fazio
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Beautiful scenery. Hike is mostly easy to moderate except for the climb out of the canyon. That’s more moderate/ strenuous.

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eric koffler
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epic. great views and lots of hills. super tough trip if you follow my recording. lots of elevation and scenery changes. Paddington is not marked well near the end so have a map. painted canyon is epic. looks like Mars in some places. 10/10

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Regan & Clancey English
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Nice quick trail! We even saw two bison along the way. We had to dodge them since they were on the trail, but it was so neat.

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Rid Hollands
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Great hike. Easy apart from the lung-busting hill back up out the canyon!

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Brian George
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Strep and difficult with a toddler in the carrier, nice views though

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James Perdaems
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Very challenging , great views, never a dull moment .

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Melinda Kubesch
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Amy Lust
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This is a “grown up” hike version of the nature trail. Got off to a rocky start by taking a horse trail down into the canyon before miraculously spotting the real trail. (Read: don’t do this. Walk all the way to the end of the markers for the trail head.) We hiked to the midpoint of the trail before heading back. Highly recommended doing first thing in the morning. It’s a great hike to see so many amazing rock formations up close.

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Mark Sluka
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Rattlesnakes. Very hot. Not recommended.

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Jonathan Kaden
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Noel Anderson
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As the trailhead is an I-94 rest stop and visitor's center, it doesn't get much better in terms of parking and amenities. The first half mile is along the rim of the canyon with I-94 visible and audible. The other side is a view into the canyon. The trail then descends into the canyon and later works its way to the Upper Paddock Creek Trail. We turned back early due to a lone bison who looked us over and then went back to grazing. As with any canyon trail, don't go down further than one cares to go back up.

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Michael Raschke
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We hiked this trail last August and really enjoyed it then. We repeated it this year right after the 4th of July. Pleasant 80 degree day. Lots of birds, spotted towee, western meadowlark, brown thrasher, mountain bluebirds and rough winged swallow. No snakes and only a couple ticks.

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Kentster W
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A real gem With visitor center. It open we relied on this app to help us determine whether and where to hike in the park. We hiked out to the Upper Paddock creek junction. Only hikers today. Temps in 70’s with breeze. Trail well marked. Beautiful formations and fun to see the petrified wood in a couple areas along with Hoodoos.

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Aiden Dorsey
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Trail hard to follow and ran into rattle snake quickly. Wild horses use this trail

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Laura Marsolek
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This trail is beautiful but we ran into 3 rattlesnakes in the span of an hour, 2 of them being right beside the trail but concealed by the grass. Was going to camp the night but couldn’t find an acceptable site 200ft from water and snakes. We were spooked and spent the night at a local campground. Bring hiking stick to poke for critters as you walk along the trail, especially in wooded areas.

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woody groves
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This trail is beautiful and short but it was also infested with ticks. We probably knocked off 20-30 of them and took one home in the car.

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David Peterson
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The canyon views are nice, but once in the valley your views are limited. Trail was not maintained very well, though easy to follow. It was unnerving walking on a trail depressed 18-24” below ground level with vegetation right up to the edge. We ran across one rattlesnake in the vegetation along the trail edge. Luckily the trail wasn’t depressed and we easily put some distance between it and us. My recommendation it to do the Nature Hike on the bluff.

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Caroline L
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Hiking

After rain, it is really muddy and slippery. We can’t finish it.

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John Marangiello
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Trail was well marked. Not long, but gets you right out there into the canyon! Noticed Bison in the distance on hills. Many wild horse tracks, but didn’t come across one. Confronted a rattle snake on the way back. Trail was not too technical. You meet a marker at a fork in the trail when it’s done.

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Benjamin Antal
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Great hike but very tiring. There's not much shade so be sure to bring lots of water.

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Patrick Wilson
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Margaret Watts
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Anne Bertolet
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Dan Hutchings
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Robin Iffland
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Ben Gaims
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Jim Falor
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