Cold Brook Canyon Trail

 2 votes
Building Map
Loading Map Data
Map Settings
Featured Hike
Trail

1.5 Miles 2.5 Kilometers


Singletrack

97' 29 m

Ascent

-104' -32 m

Descent

4,234' 1,290 m

High

4,131' 1,259 m

Low

2%

Avg Grade (1°)

13%

Max Grade (7°)

Unknown

Update

A descent through Cold Brook Canyon with abundant opportunities for birding and viewing wildlife.

Hunter Robertson

Overview

Features: Birding — River/Creek — Views — Wildlife
Family Friendly: Kids will enjoy the moderate grades, short length, and scenic views along the route.
Dogs: Leashed

Description

Journey down the Cold Brook Canyon Trail to experience vibrant raptor populations and tenacious prairie dog colonies.

Starting at the Cold Brook Canyon Trail Parking Area, descend moderately through forested terrain for a short while before the grade slackens noticeably. Pass through a seasonal creek, moving out of the forest and into the golden grasses of the South Dakotan prairie. As you travel deeper into the canyon, keep your eyes peeled for raptors nesting in the hillsides, awaiting their chance to pluck a prairie dog dinner from the interweaved tunnels underlying the valley floor.

Upon reaching the trail's end, visitors must return the way they came, unless they have pre-arranged to leave a shuttle vehicle at the western trailhead off Song Dog Road.

Flora & Fauna

Visitors are bound to see multiple species of raptor as well as prairie dogs along the route. Occasionally, bison have been spotted in this area as well.

Contacts

Rate Trail


   Clear

4.0 from 2 votes


Get On-Trail Navigation

Send to Phone
Your Check-Ins

Check-Ins

Jun 17, 2016
Laura Novak
Trail headed down dirt and rock path into prairie. The prairie had bison and prairie dogs. Ended at small canyon. 3mi — 0h 55m
Apr 9, 2016
Jessie Evans

Trail Ratings

  4.0 from 2 votes

#1770

Overall
  4.0 from 2 votes
1 Star
0%
2 Star
0%
3 Star
0%
4 Star
100%
5 Star
0%
Rankings

#8

in South Dakota

#1,770

Overall
2 Views Last Month
69 Since Jun 27, 2016
Easy/Intermediate Easy/Intermediate

50%
50%
0%
0%
0%
0%

Conditions



Forecasting the weather...

0 Comments

Hiking Project is part of the REI Co-op family,
where a life outdoors is a life well lived.

Shop REI Hiking