Petrified Forest Trail

EASY 27 reviews

Petrified Forest Trail is a 10.2 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Fairfield, North Dakota. The trail is good for all skill levels and primarily used for hiking and trail running.

DISTANCE
10.2 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
833 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

hiking

trail running

no dogs

Medora - Petrified Forest Trail is a 9.6 mile loop trail located near Fairfield, North Dakota. The trail is good for all skill levels and primarily used for hiking.

hiking
1 day ago

Good trial, lots to see! Overall lovely hike!

hiking
2 days ago

If it has rained in the past 2 weeks do not try this Trail. they will be too many muddy Hills and you may not finish it . you might just end up hurting yourself . you're better off just waiting until it dries before you try the Trail.

hiking
13 days ago

Great trail that gives you a bit of everything the Badlands has to offer. I would give this a moderate rating though as there are some steep areas. Saw bison and pronghorn while hiking. Well marked. No shade, so hat and sunscreen required.

hiking
6 months ago

Started out on a breezy day with 45 mph wind gusts. Felt like we were going to get blown off the ridge. Made it a ways down the northern loop and got blocked by a stubborn bison camped out on the trail. So we decided this was not our day and headed back! Plenty of petrified tree stumps to see though before you hit the ridge.

backpacking
8 months ago

hiking
8 months ago

Hiked the north branch out and back. Surprisingly nice petrified tree trunks in the eroded wash. Nice views further up the trail on the high flats.

hiking
Tuesday, August 30, 2016

THIS WAS SUCH A GREAT HIKE! I did the painted canyon trail at the start of the morning, and talked to a girl at the visitor center and she recommended me this trail. She said that she usually walks the trail in a little over 2 hours. I thought she was crazy. But this trail brought you through the petrified forest. up to the top of the prairie grasslands, and down into the badlands. Seeing all the petrified forest was amazing how much there was just out here. Seeing the Missouri River from down below and the colors of the sediments was incredible. Then hiking the last third of the trail through the badlands was pretty awesome. The terrain had a couple steep moments, but they were just hills, nothing to complain about. If i would of see a bison or two in the prairie area I think would of made the most of this whole trail.

hiking
Tuesday, August 30, 2016

So much to look at! The changing landscape is amazing & the petrified wood is fascinating.

hiking
Friday, August 19, 2016

From the canyons to the petrified forest to hiking amongst bison on the prairie, this is one of my favorite places to hike. And no bothersome insects. That was in August.

hiking
Wednesday, July 27, 2016

There is a lot of petrified wood to look at on this trail which is interesting. Portions of the area are maybe like the surface of the moon or something.

trail running
Sunday, May 22, 2016

Ran it in May. I thought it was a perfect trail to run and the petrified wood is cool! Lots of ticks tho!

Friday, May 13, 2016

Great view. Easy hike. Little traffic out there.

Thursday, May 12, 2016

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hiking
Tuesday, May 19, 2015

This hike was a really easy hike with great views of the petrified wood. We got to see some bison on this trail. We went in spring though and there are a lot of ticks in the park! Be prepared!

hiking
Thursday, July 25, 2013

This is a easy hike with some nice views of the badlands. Petrified wood is not as numerous as you would think but there are some nice pieces.

hiking
Thursday, July 12, 2012

Nice short hike :-)

hiking
Friday, February 10, 2012

This trail is mostly flat grassland, but there is approximately 2 miles of up and down through the canyon. Great trail that connects with the Maah Daah Hey trail for a bit.

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8 months ago

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hiking
10 months ago

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Sunday, May 26, 2013