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Painted Canyon Trail

 
Painted Canyon Trail

Page Type: Route

Location: North Dakota, United States, North America

Lat/Lon: 46.89520°N / 103.37992°W

Object Title: Painted Canyon Trail

Route Type: Hiking

Season: Spring, Summer, Fall

Difficulty: Hike

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Created/Edited: Oct 28, 2016 / Oct 27, 2017

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Overview

Painted Canyon Scenic Viewpoint is a rest area on I-94 at the southern border of the South unit of Theodore Roosevelt National Park. The viewpoint sits at the edge of a grassy plateau where you can look north to see the ground dropping 200 feet into colorful badlands. A 2.1 mile long trail goes from the viewpoint down into the badlands to reach Paddock Creek Trail.

Getting There

Take Exit 32 and turn north to reach Painted Canyon Visitor Center. Trailhead is signed at the eastern end of the parking area.



Route Description

Place
Elevation
Distance
Painted Canyon Visitor Center
2780 ft
zero miles
Jct. with Paddock Creek Trail
2480 ft
2.10 miles




Sunrise from Painted Canyon Scenic Viewpoint.

Painted Canyon Viewpoint
 


Go to the east end of the parking area where you will see a sign for Painted Canyon Trail. Follow the trail east at the edge of the plateau. Looking north into the badlands.

Painted Canyon from near the Viewpoint
 
Painted Canyon from near the Viewpoint
 

Painted Canyon from near the Viewpoint
 


After going past some sort of a facility, a trail branches left (north) and goes down into the badlands. This is the wrong way. Keep going east until the trail itself turns left and goes down into the badlands.

On Painted Canyon Trail
 


Down into Painted Canyon.

On Painted Canyon Trail
 
On Painted Canyon Trail
 
On Painted Canyon Trail
 
On Painted Canyon Trail
 


Continue on the trail until you reach the signed junction with Paddock Creek Trail.

On Painted Canyon Trail
 
On Painted Canyon Trail
 

Near the junction with Paddock Creek Trail
 

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