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Cold Brook Canyon Trail

Easy/Intermediate

Trail

1.5 mile 2.5 kilometer point to point
Easy/Intermediate

Elevation

Ascent: 97' 29 m
Descent: -104' -32 m
High: 4,234' 1,290 m
Low: 4,131' 1,259 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 2% (1°)
Max Grade: 13% (7°)

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Trail shared by Hunter R

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

Hunter R

Features Birding · River/Creek · Views · Wildlife

Family Friendly Kids will enjoy the moderate grades, short length, and scenic views along the route.

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.

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Jul 13, 2019
Logan Shaver
Jun 3, 2019
Christine Hudson
May 22, 2019
Katie C
Great hike in the deep snow
Jul 8, 2018
Vaniece Allen
saw prairie dogs!
May 27, 2018
Stella Winston
Tried it! Super windy on top. Once down in the canyon smelled cow shit, saw a bison, and peaced out. Got some bison fur (?)
Aug 24, 2017
G Kebbe
Aug 13, 2017
Kenyon Brown
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

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#32

in South Dakota

#9,093

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This was the extent of the canyon. Very wide and open, but beautiful.
Jun 18, 2016 near Pringle, SD
Most challenging part of trail down a small hill.
Jun 18, 2016 near Hot Spr…, SD
Prairie on Cold Brook Canyon Trail.
Jun 18, 2016 near Hot Spr…, SD

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