LOWER PADDOCK CREEK

LOCATION: North Dakota
TRIP STARTS: Halliday Well (Mile 28.5)
TRIP ENDS: Badlands Spur Jct (Mile 14.5)
TOTAL DISTANCE: 3.7 Miles
HIKE TYPE: One Way, Shuttle Hike
HIKE DIFFICULTY: Moderate
TRAIL USED: Lower Paddock Creek Trail
TRAIL TRAFFIC: Light
TRIP TYPE: Overnight Hike
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Theodore Roosevelt National Park
PO Box 7
Medora, ND 58645
(701) 623-4466

HIGHLIGHTS: Theodore Roosevelt National Park consists of 70,446 acres of land located in the badlands of western North Dakota. The park was named for U.S. President Theodore Roosevelt who lived and worked at a ranch in the area and was instrumental in getting the area established as a national park.  TRNP has three separate units: The North Unit, the South Unit, and the Elkhorn Ranch Unit.

We hiked in the park’s largest unit in the South which is located near I-94 and has an entrance at the small town of Medora, North Dakota. The Little Missouri River flows through all three units of the park, but water is scare in the backcountry and should be carried on any day or overnight hike.

On our trip, we started at the Halliday Well Trailhead near the Park Loop Road at mile 28.5 and followed Lower Paddock Creek through a valley and ravine to the Badland Spur Junction at mile 14.5 on the road. There is wide open scenery on this Trail and lots of wildlife. We saw bison, wild horses, and many prairie dogs on the hike. Backcountry camping is permitted anywhere that is out of site from the main trail – but you need to get a permit from the visitor’s center before you head out.

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