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Gems in South Unit - 2

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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

Recommended Routes in South Unit - 3

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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 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

South Unit Hiking

  • 83 Miles 133 Kilometers of Trail
  • 3 Recommended Routes
  • 2 Gems Gems
  • 13 Easy Trails Easy Trails
  • 14 Intermediate Trails Intermediate Trails
  • 0 Difficult Trails Difficult Trails
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Trails in South Unit - 24

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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
1.7 mi 2.7 km #4Badlands Spur
Intermediate
Medora, ND
Intermediate
Medora, ND
1.2 mi 1.9 km #5Pancratz Trail
Intermediate
Medora, ND
Intermediate
Medora, ND
2.1 mi 3.4 km #6Painted Canyon Trail
Intermediate
Medora, ND
Intermediate
Medora, ND
4.2 mi 6.8 km #7Lower Talkington Trail
Intermediate
Medora, ND
Intermediate
Medora, ND
1.9 mi 3.1 km #8Big Plateau Trail
Intermediate
Medora, ND
Intermediate
Medora, ND
3.6 mi 5.8 km #9Jones Creek Trail
Easy/Intermediate
Medora, ND
Easy/Intermediate
Medora, ND
0.8 mi 1.2 km #10Coal Vein Trail
Intermediate
Medora, ND
Intermediate
Medora, ND

Photos of South Unit - 70

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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
View from the point furthest from out on the Ridgeline Trail
Apr 23, 2016 near Medora, ND
Little Missouri River in the South Unit of Theodore Roosevelt National Park
Apr 24, 2016 near Medora, ND
A bison on lookout duty for his herd. Painted Canyon Trail near the junction with Upper Paddock Creek Trail.
Sep 30, 2019 near Medora, ND
Not all the trails are yet paved
Apr 8, 2020 near Medora, ND
Horses along the way also seem to enjoy the Jones Creek Trail.
Nov 10, 2015 near Medora, ND
Wild horses ahead of us on the trail.
Nov 8, 2015 near Medora, ND
View from the base of the ladder.
Jun 9, 2021 near Medora, ND