ElevationAscent: 262' 80 m
Descent: -261' -80 m
High: 2,780' 847 m
Low: 2,533' 772 m
GradeAvg Grade: 9% (5°)
Max Grade: 20% (11°)
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“This is a loop trail with a steep descent and steep return ascent and beautiful badlands scenery.”— Karen Ryberg
Family Friendly This short trail with great views is located conveniently next to the visitor center.
Take the paved trail to your left, and you'll come to the Painted Canyon Nature Trail trailhead. Follow the trail down as it loops downward into the canyon, then back up. The ascent is steep and the maximum grade is 20% but not rated as difficult because of its short length.
Land Manager: NPS - Theodore Roosevelt