Explore the most popular wildlife trails in North Dakota with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

1 month ago

Incredible Views. VERY windy!! lol.

Full disclosure: I did not hike the entire trail. Conditions were slick and my boots are just about ready to fall apart. But nonetheless this was a great hike that really did give you the feel of getting into the park. Would love to go back under different circumstances.

Hiked for 4 days and never saw another person on the trail!

3 months ago

I go at least twice a week. my favorite close trail. Relaxing easy to follow .

Nice stroll into the canyon starting at near the visitor center. This will give a flavor. Recommend the nearby 4.2 out-and-back just to the east of the visitor center. You'll likely see bison over there.

Gorgeous scenery. Loved the ridges and the rolling prairie grass. Lightly traveled- even on a weekend, I was the only person hiking although the campground was full. Trails very well maintained.

Had beautiful weather and did not encounter another person. Loved the scenery and saw a few buffalo. Well marked and easy to navigate.

3 months ago

Did about 10 mile stretch between MM 60-70. Very well marked. Gorgeous scenery. Absolute serenity- I never saw another person. I was lucky to be there while it was dry. In wet weather, the mud would have made it a very different hike for me!

Very easy, great views.

Beautiful views of the canyon. Seems very steep on the way down and we were a bit worried about having to hike back out, but it was honestly very manageable. Bring some water and give yourself time for breaks to catch your breath and enjoy the views

Stunning views! Saw two large herds of bison. One young bull gave us a bit of a scare even though we stayed very far away (at least 200 yards) but be aware of your surroundings for sure. Also saw a gorgeous herd of 7 wild horses, a coyote, and tons of prairie dogs. The creek crossings were a bit tricky and we cut off the last 0.2 as we didn’t see a way to cross without getting soaked. Absolutely stunning and worth it!!

Great views

3 months ago

Full disclosure my wife and I only hiked to the prairie dog town and back. Good prairie views and of the concretions, and of course the prairie dogs.

Super easy & beautiful walk out to the remnants of the Old East Entrance. If this is at the end of your scenic loop (depending on which way you drive) it’s a nice way to stretch your legs and get up close to some prairie dogs!!

Very pretty hills and mud formations.

Nice short trail, good views of the river and there was a pack of some 40 buffalo in the valley below.

Very good nature trail, the guide at the start of the trail was very informative and I learned a lot. Also had spectacular views

Worth the short walk. You go right through a prarie dog town up to a beutiful stone building

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4 months ago

I love all the trails and trees! I can’t wait to see it in the fall!

Perfect place to spend the day outside!


My husband and I did this trail in August, 2018 at the recommendation of park rangers, we wanted some experience with an overnight hike. It was a hot day and we had plenty of water and our filter, however thee was no water source to use to refill or filter, the juniper campground was close to the trail so we hiked there to refill then tried to find a spot to pitch our tent. The trail had some very poorly marked areas, we went off the main trail several times, making this 12 mile hike over 16. Had it not been for the excellent AllTrails app, not sure we would have found the trail. We did see beautiful peaks and a lone bison which we gave wide berth. Prairie dog town was cute, you are very close to them. The final few miles were impossible to find the trail so we hiked on or near the road.

4 months ago

Fun trail to do near Minot. Something refreshing. :)

4 months ago

Great trail with varied scenery, good elevation, tons of prairie dogs, and wonderful views. we combined this trail with a part of the maah daah hey trail to make it a loop. We even saw a bison right off the trail!

Very nice hike. I was surprised by how great the views were based on other reviews. Be sure to leave a donation in the box (this is private property and do not have to leave it open to the public) if you are driving all the way to the trail head I would recommend an SUV if you just have a car you will have to stop slightly short due to a steep hill. It’s not to big of deal it will just add a half mile to your hike.

Easy out and back, fairly flat hike. Beautiful wildflowers and hilly views. Great to see a small piece of national park history in Colonel Roosevelt's National Park.

Excellent hike. Beautiful views of multiple life zones from top to bottom and back up again. It is a loop. Aa a large family from toddlers to grandparents in their 70s, this took an hour. Later, a casual run took about 10 minutes. Some segments of the trail had bison hoofprints. Incredible views of the badlands.

Bison tracks on the trail at multiple locations. Beautiful views. Once at the top, continue on with the trail (not part of the official loop) for another, more stark ending and greater exposures. only ads an extra 5-10 minutes.

Great nature trail with nice views.

5 months ago

Great Views of the park. We hiked to the overlook across from the visitor's center and made a one mile trail in and out.

5 months ago

Seemed harder than it was because of the heat, but this trail has beautiful views.

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