Rankin Ridge Nature Trail

A fire tower rises above a hill of pine trees.
Rankin Ridge Trail has views of a historic fire tower.

Quick Facts
Hot Springs
Hiking Trail

Parking - Auto, Trailhead

This short but beautiful, 1 mi (1.6 km) hike, meanders through ponderosa trees and up to the highest point in the park. On clear days, you can see Badlands National Park and Buffalo Gap in the distance. While hiking, follow along with a self-guided tour, which can be found in this app. Climbing up the historic fire tower is not permitted. No pets on this trail. 

Trail Safety
Hiking off trail is permitted. Watch out for wildlife.

Bison and other wildlife are dangerous and unpredictable. Do not approach. 

Carry and drink plenty of water. There is no drinking water on this trail. 

Check the weather forecast before you hike. Bring extra layers.  

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Last updated: March 3, 2022