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275 mi 442 km of trail 11 Recommended Routes

Gems 3 Gems Easy Trails 19 Trails Intermediate Trails 29 Trails Hard Trails 3 Trails
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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

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

Maltese Cross Cabin

(4) 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 - 11

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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 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 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 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 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 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 Views towards the south. Credit: hoigaardsoutdoors.com
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

Trails in Western N. Dakota - 40

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0.2 mi 0.3 km #1Boicourt Overlook Trail
Easy/Intermediate
Medora, ND
Easy/Intermediate
Medora, ND
0.6 mi 0.9 km #2Ridgeline Trail
Intermediate
Medora, ND
Intermediate
Medora, ND
19.5 mi 31.4 km #3Buffalo Gap Trail
Intermediate
Medora, ND
Intermediate
Medora, ND
47.0 mi 75.6 km #4Maah Daah Hey II - The Deuce
Intermediate
Amidon, ND
Intermediate
Amidon, ND
1.7 mi 2.7 km #5Badlands Spur
Intermediate
Medora, ND
Intermediate
Medora, ND
7.1 mi 11.4 km #6Cottonwood Trail
Intermediate
Watford City, ND
Intermediate
Watford City, ND
1.5 mi 2.4 km #7PS Trail
Difficult
Manning, ND
Difficult
Manning, ND
5.0 mi 8.0 km #8Prairie Hiking Trail
Easy
Kenmare, ND
Easy
Kenmare, ND
0.5 mi 0.7 km #9Wind Canyon Trail
Intermediate
Medora, ND
Intermediate
Medora, ND
99.2 mi 159.6 km #10Maah Daah Hey
Intermediate/Difficult
Medora, ND
Intermediate/Difficult
Medora, ND
2.1 mi 3.4 km #11Painted Canyon Trail
Intermediate
Medora, ND
Intermediate
Medora, ND
1.9 mi 3.1 km #12Big Plateau Trail
Intermediate
Medora, ND
Intermediate
Medora, ND
4.2 mi 6.8 km #13Lower Talkington Trail
Intermediate
Medora, ND
Intermediate
Medora, ND
3.3 mi 5.3 km #14Caprock Coulee Trail
Intermediate
Watford City, ND
Intermediate
Watford City, ND
0.1 mi 0.2 km #15Sperati Point Overlook Trail
Easy
Watford City, ND
Easy
Watford City, ND
0.9 mi 1.4 km #16Caprock Coulee Nature Trail
Intermediate
Watford City, ND
Intermediate
Watford City, ND
3.6 mi 5.8 km #17Jones Creek Trail
Easy/Intermediate
Medora, ND
Easy/Intermediate
Medora, ND
0.8 mi 1.2 km #18Coal Vein Trail
Intermediate
Medora, ND
Intermediate
Medora, ND
15.1 mi 24.3 km #19Achenbach Trail
Difficult
Watford City, ND
Difficult
Watford City, ND
5.2 mi 8.3 km #20Lone Tree Loop Trail
Easy/Intermediate
Medora, ND
Easy/Intermediate
Medora, ND

Photos of Western N. Dakota - 116

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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