Jones/Lower Talkington/Lower Paddock Loop
ElevationAscent: 509' 155 m
Descent: -507' -155 m
High: 2,500' 762 m
Low: 2,239' 682 m
GradeAvg Grade: 2% (1°)
Max Grade: 10% (6°)
“A beautiful loop at any time of the year.”— Karen Ryberg
Features Birding · Fall Colors · River/Creek · Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife
Need to Know
From the park entrance, follow the paved road to the Peaceful Valley Ranch parking area. Head northeast on the CCC Trail. There are many bison and horse paths in the area, watch for trail markers, study the map before starting and utilize the Trail Run Project mobile app. After about a mile, cross the paved Park road and pass another parking lot, while continuing East on the Jones Creek Trail.
In another 2.5 miles, you'll come to the signed junction with the Lower Talkington Trail. This is a nice area to stop for lunch or a snack. Take a right following the Lower Talkington Trail to the Southeast for 1.8 miles, then take the Badlands Spur to the South. The trail approaches the park road and follows along it to the Southwest to a junction with the Lower Paddock Creek Trail.
Take the Lower Paddock Creek Trail to the Northwest for about 3.6 miles. This follows the creek to another parking lot and you take the gravel road from there to the paved park road, cross the road and continue a short distance to the Peaceful Valley Ranch parking area.
Flora & Fauna
History & Background
Land Manager: NPS - Theodore Roosevelt