“Enjoy an amazing diversity of landscape, wildlife, and flora on this run.”
— Bill Sycalik
Featured Race Jul 20, 2016
This is an extremely challenging 30 mile trail run. Avoiding bison is a given. The park offers varied terrain from badlands to prairie.
Features: Birding — Views — Wildflowers — Wildlife
Need to Know
Bring lots of water in the summer. Very hot. No shade at all. A handheld GPS is REQUIRED. Many of the trail markers are knocked over by bison. Unless you are an expert navigating by compass and topo map the GPS is a must.
Expect to get lost even with the GPS. Allot for extra time and water.
Be very careful of the animals particularly the bison. They can kill.
From badlands to prairie, bluffs, cliffs, and canyons, to dry riverbeds - Theodore Roosevelt National Park has it all. All the trails are singletrack.
The run follows Peaceful Valley Ranch starting on CCC Trail
heading toward Jones Creek Trail
. This trail is very flat and during wet conditions may have swampy areas.
From the Jones Creek Trail
, head out on the Lower Talkington Trail
toward Upper Talkington Trail
. Lower Talkington Trail
goes through a higher elevation area than some of the other trails it connects to, so it provides excellent views of the badlands.
You next take the Rim Trail
to Upper Paddock Creek Trail
(and head down the Painted Canyon Trail
to get water). From there run along Lower Paddock Creek Trail
to Peaceful Valley Ranch to complete the loop.
It seems easy looking at the map. There are some trail markers but they are inconsistent so use the Trail Run Project mobile app
help find your way.
Flora & Fauna
Bison (a lot!), deer, wildflowers.