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Favorite trails in TRNP?

Peoria, Illinois
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Favorite trails in TRNP?

I have found a list of all the trails on the NPS page for the park, but was hoping to get some first-hand feedback from others who have hiked there.

We will have 1.5 days total for the park and want to see both units. We like moderate hikes of probably no more than 4 miles per hike. I don't mind being up high as long as it's not a sheer drop-off right from the edge of the trail.

We plan to see the South Unit the day we arrive, so we'll have all afternoon and early evening. The second day, we will drive to the North Unit and spend most of the day; we might have time to return to the South Unit when we get back to Medora, where we are staying. If you had to list 2-3 highlight hikes in each unit that fit our perimeters, what would they be?

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Rockford, Illinois
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1. Re: Favorite trails in TRNP?

In the South Unit, we liked the Ridgeline Nature Trail. Down I-94 a bit is the Painted Canyon area, and there we hiked the Painted Canyon Nature Trail. Ridgeline trail you are up high and the Painted Canyon trail you are down in the badland formations.

Haven't been to the North Unit, so no personal advice there.

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2. Re: Favorite trails in TRNP?

Caprock Coulee Trail in the north unit is a good one. Have seen more wildlife on the Buckhorn trail but that trail is longer. Just make sure to pack water as it can get hot during the summer.

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3. Re: Favorite trails in TRNP?

In the South Unit we just did a few of the short trails - Wind Canyon is the one they use for promotional advertisements and the Boicourt Overlook was also great - lots of scenery with little walking! Though if you have issues with heights they could be intimidating since there are some narrow passageways.

Caprock Coulee is a nice one in the North Unit - note that you can actually drive to the most scenic spot but the trail gives you several different vantage points of it as you approach and leave it.

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4. Re: Favorite trails in TRNP?

In the South Unit: Ridgeline Nature Trail, Boicourt Overlook, Wind Canyon & Painted Canyon Nature Trail. All easy and short.

In the North Unit: Caprock Coulee Trail & Sperati Point.

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5. Re: Favorite trails in TRNP?

Petrified Trail Loop. Go clockwise from the west trailhead; see stumps after one mile. If you go counterclockwise it is a 10+ loop. But either way it's an easy hike.

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