Hiking Trails in Theodore Roosevelt National Park in North Dakota


Hiking Trails in Theodore Roosevelt National Park in North Dakota

Theodore Roosevelt National Park in North Dakota is a wonderful place to get off the beaten path and put your boots to the dirt. The park is divided into a north and south unit. Each unit offers spectacular scenery and is sure to please. There are more than 100 miles hiking and equestrian trails in Theodore Roosevelt National Park spread across each unit.  The trails range from extremely short leg stretching day hikes to longer strenuous hikes that can be extended to backpacking trips if visitors desire. When you are out on the trail be sure to keep your eyes peeled for wildlife. The park is famous for it’s wildlife and bird watching.  Bison, wild horses, elk and prairie dogs are commonly seen.  Nearly 200 different types of birds have been observed in the park, including birds of prey such as northern harriers, red-tailed hawks and american kestrels.  Below you will find a breakdown of trails in the north and south units of Theodore Roosevelt National Park. The are organized from easiest to most difficult.  Click on anyone of the hikes for a full trail guide with embedded wildlife and plants guides you may see along the way.

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Hiking Trails in Theodore Roosevelt National Park’s North Unit
Hiking Trails in Theodore Roosevelt National Park’s South Unit

Hiking Trails in Theodore Roosevelt National Park’s North Unit

All of these hiking trails are located in Theodore Roosevelt National Park's north unit and organized from easiest to most difficult.  

Little Mo Trail

1.1 (miles)

 Easy

Loop

Minimal (Elev. Δ - ft)

North Dakota

Little Mo Trail is an easy kid friendly and ADA accessible hike in Theodore Roosevelt National Park.

Caprock Coulee Nature Trail

1.5 (miles)

 Easy

Loop

Minimal (Elev. Δ - ft)

North Dakota

Caprock Coulee Nature Trail is an easy kid friendly hike in Theodore Roosevelt National Park that is perfect for the whole family.

Prairie Dog Town via the Buckhorn Trail

1.5 (miles)

 Easy

Out & Back

Minimal (Elev. Δ - ft)

North Dakota

Prairie Dog Town via the Buckhorn Trail is an easy kid friendly hike in Theodore Roosevelt National Park that is great for wildlife viewing.

Sperati Point via the Achenbach Trail

1.5 (miles)

 Easy

Out & Back

Minimal (Elev. Δ - ft)

North Dakota

Sperati Point via the Achenbach Trail is easy kid friendly hike in Theodore Roosevelt National Park that rewards hikers with truly amazing views.

Caprock Coulee Trail

4.3 (miles)

 Moderate

Out & Back

Minimal (Elev. Δ - ft)

North Dakota

Caprock Coulee Trail is a moderate hike in Theodore Roosevelt National Park is a great choice for hikers looking for a longer trek.

Theodore Roosevelt NP Buckhorn Trail

11.4 (miles)

 Difficult

Loop

up and down (Elev. Δ - ft)

North Dakota

Buckhorn Trail is a tough hike in Theodore Roosevelt National Park that is a great choice for those wanting solitude and wildlife viewing opportunities.

Achenbach Trail

18 (miles)

 Strenuous

Loop

up and down (Elev. Δ - ft)

North Dakota

Achenbach Trail is a tough hike in Theodore Roosevelt National Park that is the perfect choice for hikers looking for solitude.

Hiking Trails in Theodore Roosevelt National Park’s South Unit

All of these hiking trails are located in Theodore Roosevelt National Park's south unit and organized from easiest to most difficult.  

Skyline Vista Trail (TRNP)

0.1 (miles)

 Very Easy

Out & Back

Minimal (Elev. Δ - ft)

North Dakota

Skyline Vista Trail is a very easy kid friendly and ADA accessible hike in Theodore Roosevelt National Park.

Boicourt Overlook Trail

0.2 (miles)

 Very Easy

Out & Back

Minimal (Elev. Δ - ft)

North Dakota

Boicourt Overlook Trail is a very easy kid friendly and ADA accessible hike in Theodore Roosevelt National Park.

Buck Hill Trail (TRNP)

0.2 (miles)

 Very Easy

Out & Back

Minimal (Elev. Δ - ft)

North Dakota

Buck Hill Trail is a very easy kid friendly hike in Theodore Roosevelt National Park that leads to sweeping views.

Wind Canyon Trail: TRNP

0.4 (miles)

 Very Easy

Loop

Minimal (Elev. Δ - ft)

North Dakota

Wind Canyon Trail is a very easy kid friendly hike in Theodore Roosevelt National Park that rewards hikers with spectacular scenery.

Theodore Roosevelt Ridgeline Trail

0.6 (miles)

 Very Easy

Loop

Minimal (Elev. Δ - ft)

North Dakota

Ridgeline Trail is a very easy kid friendly hike in Theodore Roosevelt National Park that gives hikers an upclose look at badlands scenery.

Painted Canyon Nature Trail (TRNP)

0.9 (miles)

 Very Easy

Loop

Minimal (Elev. Δ - ft)

North Dakota

Painted Canyon Nature Trail is a very easy kid friendly hike in Theodore Roosevelt National Park that rewards with wonderful views.

Maah Daah Hey Trail: Theodore Roosevelt NP Section

7.1 (miles)

 Moderate

Out & Back

up and down (Elev. Δ - ft)

North Dakota

Maah Daah Hey Trail Theodore Roosevelt section is a wonderful way for hikers to knock of a section of the trail and explore the park.

Lone Tree Loop Trail (TRNP)

9.6 (miles)

 Difficult

Loop

up and down (Elev. Δ - ft)

North Dakota

Lone Tree Loop Trail is a difficult hike in Theodore Roosevelt National Park that is great for hikers who want to spend the day exploring the park's backcountry.

Petrified Forest Loop Theodore Roosevelt NP

10.3 (miles)

 Difficult

Loop

up and down (Elev. Δ - ft)

North Dakota

Petrified Forest Loop is a tough hike in Theodore Roosevelt National Park that is a great choice for hikers looking to explore part of the park's backcountry.

Jones/Lower Talkington/Lower Paddock Loop

11.4 (miles)

 Difficult

Loop

up and down (Elev. Δ - ft)

North Dakota

Jones, Lower Talkington and Lower Paddock Loop is a tough hike in Theodore Roosevelt National Park that is a great way to explore everything the park has to offer.

Upper Paddock/Talkington Loop

19.4 (miles)

 Strenuous

Loop

up and down (Elev. Δ - ft)

North Dakota

Upper Paddock and Talkington Loop is a tough hike in Theodore Roosevelt National Park that is a great choice for hikers and backpackers looking to get away from people.