Hiking Project Logo

South Unit

Zoom in to see details
Map Key

Weather Averages


High
 
Low
 
Precip
 
Days w/
 
J F M A M J J A S O N D

58 mi 94 km of trail 3 Recommended Routes

Gems 2 Gems Easy Trails 13 Trails Intermediate Trails 13 Trails Hard Trails 0 Trails

Area suggestions or local tips? Tell us!
Hiking Project is built by hikers like you.
Share what you know about this area with the community.

Gems in South Unit - 2

Hiking Project is built by hikers like you. Add Your Gems

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

(4) Medora, ND

Recommended Routes in South Unit - 3

Hiking Project is built by hikers like you. Add Your Recommended Routes

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

Trails in South Unit - 23

Hiking Project is built by hikers like you. Add Your Trails

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
0.5 mi 0.7 km #3Wind Canyon Trail
Easy/Intermediate
Medora, ND
Easy/Intermediate
Medora, ND 13 
1.7 mi 2.7 km #4Badlands Spur
Intermediate
Medora, ND
Intermediate
Medora, ND
2.1 mi 3.4 km #5Painted Canyon Trail
Intermediate
Medora, ND
Intermediate
Medora, ND
1.9 mi 3.1 km #6Big Plateau Trail
Intermediate
Medora, ND
Intermediate
Medora, ND
4.2 mi 6.8 km #7Lower Talkington Trail
Intermediate
Medora, ND
Intermediate
Medora, ND
3.6 mi 5.8 km #8Jones Creek Trail
Easy/Intermediate
Medora, ND
Easy/Intermediate
Medora, ND
0.8 mi 1.2 km #9Coal Vein Trail
Intermediate
Medora, ND
Intermediate
Medora, ND
5.2 mi 8.3 km #10Lone Tree Loop Trail
Easy/Intermediate
Medora, ND
Easy/Intermediate
Medora, ND
1.7 mi 2.8 km #11Ekblom Trail
Easy/Intermediate
Medora, ND
Easy/Intermediate
Medora, ND
2.6 mi 4.1 km #12Mike Auney Trail
Intermediate
Medora, ND
Intermediate
Medora, ND
0.8 mi 1.3 km #13Painted Canyon Nature Trail
Intermediate
Medora, ND
Intermediate
Medora, ND
4.5 mi 7.2 km #14North Petrified Forest Trail
Intermediate
Medora, ND
Intermediate
Medora, ND
3.7 mi 6.0 km #15Lower Paddock Creek Trail
Intermediate
Medora, ND
Intermediate
Medora, ND
4.0 mi 6.5 km #16South Petrified Forest Trail
Intermediate
Medora, ND
Intermediate
Medora, ND
2.8 mi 4.6 km #17Petrified Forest Loop Trail
Easy
Medora, ND
Easy
Medora, ND
4.1 mi 6.6 km #18Upper Talkington Trail
Intermediate
Medora, ND
Intermediate
Medora, ND
6.9 mi 11.1 km #19Upper Paddock Creek Trail
Intermediate
Medora, ND
Intermediate
Medora, ND
3.4 mi 5.5 km #20Roundup Trail
Easy/Intermediate
Medora, ND
Easy/Intermediate
Medora, ND
0.1 mi 0.2 km #21Skyline Vista
Easy
Medora, ND
Easy
Medora, ND
1.0 mi 1.6 km #22CCC Trail
Easy
Medora, ND
Easy
Medora, ND
1.6 mi 2.6 km #23Rim Trail
Easy
Medora, ND
Easy
Medora, ND

Photos of South Unit - 68

Hiking Project is built by hikers like you. Add Your Photos

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
A buffalo blocks the Roundup Trail.
Sep 19, 2019 near Medora, ND