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Wind Canyon Trail

Easy/Intermediate

Trail

0.5 mile 0.7 kilometer loop
91% Runnable
Easy/Intermediate

Elevation

Ascent: 59' 18 m
Descent: -49' -15 m
High: 2,387' 727 m
Low: 2,331' 710 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 5% (3°)
Max Grade: 12% (7°)

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A trail with the best view of the Little Missouri River Valley in the park.

Karen Ryberg

Features Birding · Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife

Pets in the park must be restrained at all times, and are not permitted in park buildings, on trails, or in the backcountry. Be aware that dogs can agitate bison and other animals, creating a dangerous situation.

Description

Signs along the Scenic Loop Drive will point you in the direction of this trail, which has a dedicated parking lot. Heading out a short ways on the trail will bring you to spectacular views of the Little Missouri River Valley. This is the most photographed spot in the park and would be a fantastic place to visit at sunset or after a thunderstorm. You may see wild horses or bison crossing the river below, as well as birds and wildflowers.

Flora & Fauna

Bison, wild horses, antelope, native grasses and flowers.

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Land Manager: NPS - Theodore Roosevelt

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  4.4 from 9 votes

#4

in South Unit

#5154

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#4

in South Unit

#14

in North Dakota

#5,154

Overall
8 Views Last Month
1,136 Since Sep 9, 2015
Easy/Intermediate

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Photos

Little Missouri River in the South Unit of Theodore Roosevelt National Park
Apr 24, 2016 near Medora, ND
The sun sets over the Wind Canyon Trail as a distant rain shower adds to the drama. Photo credit: NPS/Dave Bruner.
May 25, 2017 near Medora, ND
View of the Little Missouri River flowing north through the South Unit of the Theodore Roosevelt National Park.
Apr 24, 2016 near Medora, ND
Long shadows fall over the terrain near the Wind Canyon Overlook. Photo credit: NPS/Kim Wehner.
May 25, 2017 near Medora, ND
Wind Canyon. Theodore Roosevelt National Park.
Oct 29, 2016 near Medora, ND

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