East River Road to Scenic Loop Drive is a 34.8 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Medora, North Dakota that features a river and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until November.

Length34.8 miElevation gain2887 ftRoute typeLoop
Kid friendlyCampingNature tripsRoad bikingScenic drivingBike touringBird watchingRiverViewsWildflowersWildlifeSnowNo shadeNo dogs
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Note: As of Aug 2020 the road is closed after Badlands Overlook due to the badlands eroding out from under the pavement.

Dogs are allowed in the park and the campgrounds, but they may not be left unattended at any time. They are not allowed in any of the buildings, or on any of the trails.

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Turner Gunderson
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Scenic driving

An awesome scenic drive through TRNP. The closure adds some driving time, but that’s ok. The landscape is gorgeous and wildlife can be abundant too!

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David Platt
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Scenic driving

The scenery from the road is nothing special as compared to the trails; you're not going to see anything spectacular from the car. As of Aug 2020 the road is still closed rafter Badlands Overlook due to the badlands eroding out from under the pavement (ask a ranger at the visitor center to see pictures of the collapses, it's wild), so you have to drive out the way you drive in In the evening, be prepared for MASSIVE bison herd traffic jams.

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Danny Adams
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Hiking
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Awesome lookout points. Even if you don’t go in for a hike, take the hour and a half to check it out!

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Megan Roberson
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Laura Clark
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Hiking
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Jane Behr
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Hiking
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Devinie Griffin
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Eric Marr
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S Photohiking
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Brian & Andromeda Lax
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Running
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