Skyline Vista Trail

A paved path to an impressive vista looking west over the Little Missouri River.

Hiking Easy

Distance
410 m
Ascent
2 m
Descent
2 m
Duration
0-1 hrs
Low Point
768 m
High Point
770 m
Gradient
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Description

The Skyline Vista Trail is a short, paved path to an overlook of the Little Missouri River, with "wonderful views of the western horizon," the park proclaims. The trails is fully-accessible, great for anyone in the family, and shouldn't take more than 15 minutes round-trip from where you parked. If you're planning a visit to Theodore Roosevelt NP, this should be one of your first stops. Seating is even available at the overlook so that you can catch your breath while soaking in the incredible views of the surrounding badlands.

The trailhead for this short hike is a large overlook on East River Road, just 4 miles into the park. There is plenty of parking, including space for busses and RVs. Neither restrooms nor drinking water is available, though both can be found at the visitor center.

About 1-mile past the trailhead, the Cottonwood Campground offers the only overnight camping in the park's southern unit. There are no electric hookups, but most sites are suitable for campers and self-sufficient RVs. Half of the sites can be reserved in advance, while the others are first-come, first-serve and typically fill by midday between Memorial Day and Labor Day. More information on the campground, including fees and reservation information can be found here.

NPS

Difficulty

Easy

Walking along a well-kept trail that’s mostly flat. No obstacles are present.

Low Exposure

1 out of 4

The path is on completely flat land and potential injury is limited to falling over.

Remoteness

1 out of 4

Close to help in case of emergency.

Best time to visit

March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November

Features

  • Wildlife
  • Picturesque
  • Wild flowers
  • Family friendly

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