You will need a state park permit to bring any vehicle into the park.
From the state park headquarters, take the right turn in the road loop and follow the main roadway. There is a cabin area turnoff to the left, so ignore that, as well as the camping area turnoff to the right a short distance up the road. In about 1 1/2 miles, you will come to the Sawmill Shelter (on the state park maps).
Route DescriptionAt the Sawmill Shelter, the trail loop goes up the side of a ridge. You can take the loop either way. The trail distance is about 1.8 miles, and will take you through some peaceful forest areas, as well as high on a canyon ridge with stunning vistas.
Essential GearUnless you go during the winter, when your selection of gear would be dictated by how much snow was on the ground and how cold it was, you will need only what you would normally take on a hike that takes a 1 hour.
Suggestions would include water, appropriate shoes or boots, hat, hiking pole, sunscreen, tick repellent in the spring and early summer, compass, map, rain gear if the forecast is questionable, and a camera.
Resource LinksFor more information, check out Chadron State Park's website at:
Chadron State Park
You may reach the park headquarters at: (308) 432-6167
You can download a state park map from the Chadron Wellness website at: