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Painted Canyon Nature Trail

Easy/Intermediate

Trail

0.8 mile 1.3 kilometer point to point
77% Runnable
Easy/Intermediate

Elevation

Ascent: 174' 53 m
Descent: -244' -74 m
High: 2,769' 844 m
Low: 2,534' 772 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 10% (5°)
Max Grade: 19% (11°)

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This is a loop trail with a steep descent and steep return ascent and beautiful badlands scenery.

Karen Ryberg

Features Spring · 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

From the Visitors Center, go through the obvious pathway to the north side of the structure to the Painted Canyon Overlook. This is one of the most popular spots for viewing the scenery in the park.

Take the paved Painted Canyon Visitor Center Path to your left, and you'll come to the Painted Canyon Nature Trail trailhead. Follow the trail down as it loops downward into the canyon, then back up. The ascent is steep and the maximum grade is 20% but not rated as difficult because of its short length.

Flora & Fauna

Bison, wild horses, juniper, native prairie grasses.

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Land Manager: NPS - Theodore Roosevelt

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#18

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#18

in South Unit

#62

in North Dakota

#18,633

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