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Gems in Western N. Dakota - 3

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gem Favorite The sun sets over the Wind Canyon Trail as a distant rain shower adds to the drama. Photo credit: NPS/Dave Bruner.

Wind Canyon Overlook

(8) Medora, ND
gem Favorite Roosevelt's Maltese Cross Cabin is a must-see in his namesake national park.

Maltese Cross Cabin

(6) Medora, ND
gem Favorite Elkhorn Ranch is a must-see in Theodore Roosevelt National Park. Photo credit: NPS/Laura Thomas.

Elkhorn Ranch

(2) Medora, ND

Recommended Routes in Western N. Dakota - 12

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Favorite View of the Little Missouri and southern part of the park.
Intermediate

Caprock Coulee

4.2 mi 6.7 km 631' Up 192.42 m Up 627' Down 191.19 m Down

Watford…, ND
Favorite 6ft petrified stump located on the North Petrified Forest Trail.
Intermediate

Petrified Trail Loop

10.6 mi 17.1 km 601' Up 183.11 m Up 592' Down 180.39 m Down

Medora, ND
Favorite View of the Little Missouri and southern part of the park.
Difficult

Achenbach Loop

18.4 mi 29.7 km 2,289' Up 697.69 m Up 2,289' Down 697.74 m Down

Watford…, ND
Favorite This land was originally eroded by an intermittent stream.
Intermediate

Kate's Walk on the Maah Daah Hey Trail

5.0 mi 8.0 km 473' Up 144.28 m Up 473' Down 144.02 m Down

Watford…, ND
Favorite Des Lacs and the old man
Easy/Intermediate

Canada Goose Nature Trail

7.6 mi 12.2 km 392' Up 119.55 m Up 263' Down 80.26 m Down

Kenmare, ND
Favorite More of the Bad
Intermediate

Painted Canyon

1.1 mi 1.8 km 262' Up 79.71 m Up 261' Down 79.66 m Down

Medora, ND
Favorite Rolling hills and wetlands.
Easy

Lostwood Refuge Prairie Hiking Trail

7.8 mi 12.5 km 286' Up 87.14 m Up 305' Down 93.01 m Down

Kenmare, ND
Favorite Views towards the south. Credit: hoigaardsoutdoors.com
Easy/Intermediate

Sunset Trail Loop

2.1 mi 3.3 km 169' Up 51.59 m Up 166' Down 50.71 m Down

Watford…, ND
Favorite Horses along the way also seem to enjoy the Jones Creek Trail.
Intermediate

Jones/Lower Talkington/Lower Paddock Loop

11.8 mi 19.0 km 509' Up 155.16 m Up 507' Down 154.68 m Down

Medora, ND
Favorite Long X to MDH
Intermediate

Long X to Maah Daah Hey Loop

11.3 mi 18.1 km 967' Up 294.83 m Up 967' Down 294.62 m Down

Watford…, ND
Favorite Cannonball Concretion at the Cannonball Concretion Parking Lot.
Intermediate

Buckhorn Trail

11.3 mi 18.2 km 1,040' Up 316.86 m Up 1,039' Down 316.79 m Down

Watford…, ND
Favorite North Dakota Badlands and Little Missouri River from the I Trail
Intermediate

I Trail to PS Trail to T Trail

5.0 mi 8.0 km 861' Up 262.47 m Up 864' Down 263.27 m Down

Manning, ND

Western N. Dakota Hiking

  • 376 Miles 605 Kilometers of Trail
  • 12 Recommended Routes
  • 3 Gems Gems
  • 23 Easy Trails Easy Trails
  • 30 Intermediate Trails Intermediate Trails
  • 3 Difficult Trails Difficult Trails
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Trails in Western N. Dakota - 44

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0.5 mi 0.7 km #1Wind Canyon Trail
Intermediate
Medora, ND
Intermediate
Medora, ND 14 
0.2 mi 0.3 km #2Boicourt Overlook Trail
Easy/Intermediate
Medora, ND
Easy/Intermediate
Medora, ND
0.6 mi 0.9 km #3Ridgeline Trail
Intermediate
Medora, ND
Intermediate
Medora, ND
19.5 mi 31.4 km #4Buffalo Gap Trail
Intermediate
Medora, ND
Intermediate
Medora, ND
47.0 mi 75.6 km #5Maah Daah Hey II - The Deuce
Intermediate
Amidon, ND
Intermediate
Amidon, ND
1.7 mi 2.7 km #6Badlands Spur
Intermediate
Medora, ND
Intermediate
Medora, ND
7.1 mi 11.4 km #7Cottonwood Trail
Intermediate
Watford City, ND
Intermediate
Watford City, ND
1.5 mi 2.4 km #8PS Trail
Difficult
Manning, ND
Difficult
Manning, ND
5.0 mi 8.0 km #9Prairie Hiking Trail
Easy
Kenmare, ND
Easy
Kenmare, ND
1.2 mi 1.9 km #10Pancratz Trail
Intermediate
Medora, ND
Intermediate
Medora, ND

Photos of Western N. Dakota - 121

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View of the Little Missouri and southern part of the park.
Apr 19, 2015 near Watford…, ND
Oxbow Overlook, North Unit, Theodore Roosevelt National Park
Apr 23, 2015 near Watford…, ND
Des Lacs and the old man
Nov 14, 2019 near Kenmare, ND
The sun sets over the Wind Canyon Trail as a distant rain shower adds to the drama. Photo credit: NPS/Dave Bruner.
May 25, 2017 near Medora, ND
Oxbow Overlook, North Unit, Theodore Roosevelt NP
Apr 23, 2015 near Watford…, ND
View from the point furthest from out on the Ridgeline Trail
Apr 23, 2016 near Medora, ND
Windswept grassy hilltops cover the southern portion of the loop.
Jul 9, 2017 near Watford…, ND
Enjoy a sweeping view down to the south from the River Bend Overlook. Photo credit: NPS/Mark Meyers.
May 25, 2017 near Watford…, ND