Painted Canyon Nature Trail
ElevationAscent: 174' 53 m
Descent: -244' -74 m
High: 2,769' 844 m
Low: 2,534' 772 m
GradeAvg 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
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.
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Land Manager: NPS - Theodore Roosevelt