Best trails in Watford City, North Dakota

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Looking for a great trail near Watford City, North Dakota? AllTrails has 6 great hiking trails, views trails, wild flowers trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. If you're looking for the best trails around Little Missouri State Park or Lewis & Clark State Park, we've got you covered. You'll also find some great local park options, like Spring Lake Park or Crow Flies High Scenic Overlook. Just looking to take a quick stroll? We've got 2 easy trails in Watford City ranging from 1.1 to 1.9 miles and from 1,955 to 2,053 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!
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Map of trails in Watford City, North Dakota
Top trails (6)
#1 - Caprock Coulee Loop
Theodore Roosevelt National Park
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Length: 4.4 mi • Est. 1 h 47 m
#2 - Sperati Point via Achenbach Trail
Watford City, North Dakota
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Length: 2.4 mi • Est. 1 h 9 m
#3 - Achenbach and North Achenbach Trail Loop
Theodore Roosevelt National Park
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Length: 18.2 mi • Est. 8 h 55 m
If you decide to do this trail in one day going counterclockwise start at Juniper Campground. Offline route is definitely recommended as the trail isn't clearly marked especially on the south Achenbach near the river. Good navigational tools are recommended to complete this hike. Really beautiful scenery. Two river crossings are involved with muddy water up to your knees. Hiking sandals is the best footwear for this. The river bottom is pretty solid. All in all, it is doable as a day hike but doing it as a two day hike will be more enjoyable as you can see from detailed reviews below. On-trail wildlife included bison, rattlesnakes, pheasants, and prairie dogs. One bison was standing in the middle of the trail ramming/scratching his head against a trail marker. The rattler was also sitting in the middle of the trail catching some sun, while the pheasants and prairie dogs were caught scurrying around. I gave them the appropriate distance for their size, and in return they didn't give me any problems.Show more
#4 - Buckhorn Trail
Theodore Roosevelt National Park
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Length: 12.2 mi • Est. 5 h 38 m
Trail is an 11.4 mile loop located in the North Unit of the park. Trail is used predominantly for hiking. Offline map recommended. Users have reported that the trail is not marked well.Show more
#5 - Prairie Dog Trail
Theodore Roosevelt Wilderness
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Length: 1.9 mi • Est. 46 m
#6 - Little Mo Nature Trail
Theodore Roosevelt National Park
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Length: 1.1 mi • Est. 27 m
Be sure to pick up the explanatory pamphlet at the trailhead. The first half is flat, paved, and ADA accessible. It stays mostly in the woods with not too many views, except a nice spot with a sweeping vista of the Little Missouri. The second half is more of a traditional trail, taking you out of the woods via dirt paths into more dramatic scenery and formations.Show more