ElevationAscent: 631' 192 m
Descent: -627' -191 m
High: 2,447' 746 m
Low: 2,022' 616 m
GradeAvg Grade: 6% (3°)
Max Grade: 23% (13°)
Popular runs nearby
11.3 mi 18.2 km • Loop • 1,040 ft Ascent 316.86 m Ascent
18.4 mi 29.7 km • Loop • 2,289 ft Ascent 697.69 m Ascent
Long X to Maah Daah Hey Loop
11.3 mi 18.1 km • Loop • 967 ft Ascent 294.83 m Ascent
Kate's Walk on the Maah Daah Hey Trail
5.0 mi 8.0 km • Out and Back • 473 ft Ascent 144.28 m Ascent
“Run with the Bison and Teddy Roosevelt.”— ktboundary Thompson
Features Fall Colors · River/Creek · Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife
Bison can impede forward progress. However, it is worth turning around to see them.
Need to Know
Once reaching the end of the self-guided trail, turn left and cross a small bridge over a stream. If this section is wet the trail may be hard to follow. Generally head south until you find the wooden steps heading uphill.
The trail then enters a section of trees the circles back uphill until you reach an overlook with stunning views of the park. Continue following the trail while taking in the views and looking for bison.
The trail then crosses the scenic road and winds along the road until you reach a parking lot for the River Bend Overlook. Here there is a short trail to an old CCC shelter with expansive views of the Little Missouri and south side of the park.
Go to the east end of the parking lot where the trail is right next to the guardrail for the road. The trail then heads right and down a steep incline before following a narrow ridge. This section of the trail can be hard to follow, but look for round wooden posts serving as stairs to know you are on trail. Also, a few layers of bentonite are crossed and if they are wet, can be very slippery.
Continue onward, trying to not fall of off the trail while taking in the sights. The trail drops steeply downhill until you reach the Scenic road and the parking lot you started at. Don't forget to sign out at the register.
Flora & Fauna
Land Manager: NPS - Theodore Roosevelt