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“Best hike under 5 miles in TR National Park”

Caprock-Coulee Trail
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Owner description: Take this self-guiding hiking trail through the North Dakota wilderness; at just under five miles in length, it won't wear you out.
Reviewed 14 June 2015

If you are to only do one hike in the entire park, I would do this one. Less than, 5 miles, good work out and excellent views of the badlands and Little Missouri river. The hike starts with a short interpretive trial, so pick up the brochure explaining the stops before you head off. Saw a number of bison on the high sections and the River Bend overlook about half way along the hike makes an excellent rest/lunch stop. Enjoy this excellent, diverse hike!

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Reviewed 14 July 2014

This hike goes through all the topography of TRNP Northern unit. Woods, the Coulee, grasslands and mountains. It's @4.3 miles long and worth every step!

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Reviewed 5 September 2013

The entire four mile hike is amazingly diverse. We started through the nature trail which wanders through a coulee, overgrown but easy to follow. You then hike up a shady north slope of one of the ridges, where you come out on a ridge line with great views of the badlands. Then back across the grasslands to the Oxbow Overlook and the CCC "shelter" that overlooks the Little Missouri. Then back down another ridge line back toward the trail head where you get to hike over some of the more interesting rocky features of the badlands. Saw lots of tracks, but no wildlife.

Long stretches of this trail are pretty easy hiking, but there are a couple stretches where the climbing makes it much more moderate difficulty. We covered it in just short of three hours. Through the grasslands and coulee, the trail is a bit overgrown--you might want to wear long pants on this hike.

2  Thank NoVaEmptyNesters
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Reviewed 8 April 2013

Son and I have hiked many of the trails in TRNP and this is a good one. Gets you right into the badlands and short-grass prairie. You might even come up on a bison.

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Reviewed 2 October 2012

The hike takes about two hours, in a huge loop from the parking area. Tip: if you want to focus on the river views, cross the road from the parking area and hike the south side of the road to the Oxbow Overlook, and then back. The entire loop starting from the north side takes about the same time, but goes through the dry badlands.

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