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Valley View Trail

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A slightly longer, flatter alternative to the South Side Trail.


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Miles

0.9

KM

Point to Point

3,894' 1,187 m

High

3,862' 1,177 m

Low

32' 10 m

Up

5' 2 m

Down

1%

Avg Grade (1°)

7%

Max Grade (4°)

Dogs No Dogs

Features Views · Wildlife

Family Friendly Kids will love looking at the prairie dogs along this trail.

Description

From the Belle Fourche Campground, you'll follow the Campground Spur and then the South Side Trail momentarily to access this trail. The trail is straightforward but boasts awesome views of the tower and its surroundings.

The trail traverses the Belle Fourche floodplain to the northeast before turning more to the north and crossing the park road. Soon after crossing the road, you'll come to a T-intersection with Red Beds Trail. Turning either way will get you to the visitor center, but going right is a slightly longer route. If you go left, you can also make a short loop by linking up with South Side Trail.

Flora & Fauna

This trail traverses the park's floodplain ecosystem and is home to prairie dog colonies. A prairie dog's light-brown fur blends in well with the color of the dirt that makes up their mounds. Named due to their bark-like alarm call and black-tipped tails, prairie dogs are, on average, about 14 to 17 inches in total length and weigh between 1 and 3 pounds. With short, strong legs and toes with long nails on their front and hind feet, prairie dogs are well-equipped for a burrowing lifestyle.

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Looking north, across the floodplain, to Devils Tower.
Jan 29, 2016 near Sundance, WY
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Jan 29, 2016 near Sundance, WY

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Aug 19, 2022
Peder Bisbjerg
Great way to see prairie dogs, herons and the Devil's Tower. Well worth it as a hike! 1mi
May 17, 2022
Susan Marlborough
Sep 20, 2020
Don Childrey
0.1mi
Aug 31, 2018
Karen Moss
0.5mi
Jul 16, 2016
Leanna Dipert Fandl
Jul 13, 2013
Trevor Moore