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Knife River Indian Villages Historic Site

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Trails in Knife River Indian Villages Historic Site - 7

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0.6 mi 1.0 km #1Missouri Overlook Loop
Easy/Intermediate Easy/Intermediate
Stanton, ND
Easy/Intermediate Easy/Intermediate
Stanton, ND
1.2 mi 2.0 km #2North Forest Trail
Easy Easy
Stanton, ND
Easy Easy
Stanton, ND
1.0 mi 1.7 km #3Village Trail
Easy Easy
Stanton, ND
Easy Easy
Stanton, ND

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The River Villages Trail leads to the Awatixa Xie Village (Lower Hidatsa) and Awatixa Village (Sakakawea Site).  It is believe that it is in these villages that Lewis and Clark added Sacagawea and her husband Chabonah to the expedition.
Aug 23, 2023 near Stanton, ND
The Knife River passes close by the Awatixa Village (Sakakawea Site). The river provided nourishment and transportation for the people who lived here.
Aug 23, 2023 near Stanton, ND
The indentions in the ground that you see here are evidence of a thriving Indian village that once was here.
Aug 23, 2023 near Stanton, ND
The trail begins along a mowed path that borders the fence line.
Aug 25, 2023 near Stanton, ND
The remains of a Hidatsa Village can be seen along the trail. There are circular mounds and depressions that indicate roughly 113 earth lodges once stood here.
Aug 25, 2023 near Stanton, ND
The hike borders the forest and you can enjoy views of a typical high grass prairie.
Aug 25, 2023 near Stanton, ND
The trail ends with a nice view of the Missouri River.  Imagine Lewis and Clark navigating this river when they were traveling through the West.
Aug 25, 2023 near Stanton, ND
The trail dead ends at the historic site property line.
Aug 25, 2023 near Stanton, ND
The trail reaches the bluff and runs along the top of the bluff for a while with views of the Missouri River.
Aug 25, 2023 near Stanton, ND
The views of the Missouri River are fantastic from the Bluffs Spur.
Aug 25, 2023 near Stanton, ND

Knife River Indian Villages Historic Site Hiking

  • 4 Miles 7 Kilometers of Trail
  • 0 Recommended Routes
  • 6 Easy Trails Easy Trails
  • 1 Intermediate Trail Intermediate Trails
  • 0 Difficult Trails Difficult Trails
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