Wind Canyon Trail

A short hike to the self-proclaimed "best view of the Little Missouri River the South Unit has to offer."

Hiking Easy

Distance
761 m
Ascent
18 m
Descent
18 m
Duration
0-1 hrs
Low Point
712 m
High Point
729 m
Gradient
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Wind Canyon Trail Map

Description

This easy nature trail wanders through a wind-sculpted canyon bound for "the best view of the Little Missouri River the South Unit has to offer," the park boasts. This loop trail shouldn't take more than 20 minutes round-trip, and it's a great option for everyone in the family. The steep canyon walls contrast the wide-open prairies, offering spectacular views throughout - so set aside some extra time to relax and enjoy the unique landscape along the way.

Paired with the Biocourt Overlook Trail, these two easy hikes are ranger-favorites for enjoying the sunset in the park. Another source describes the views from Wind Canyon as a "totally mesmerizing sight when the sun sets behind the badlands," and consider it easy enough for anyone of any skill level to enjoy.

Just under 0.5-miles, plan 20 to 30 minutes to hike the entire loop from its trailhead on Scenic Loop Rd. Neither water nor restrooms are available at the trailhead, though the parking area is large enough to accommodate larger vehicles if needed.

Sources: NPS OnlyInYourState.com

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

2 out of 4

Away from help but easily accessed.

Best time to visit

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

Features

  • Wildlife
  • Picturesque
  • Wild flowers
  • Water features
  • Family friendly
  • Forestry or heavy vegetation

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