North Unit Day Hikes

Scenic view of a river valley bottom and Badlands.
Sperati Point; North Unit, TRNP.

NPS Photo/J. Bruce

Sperati Point

2.4 mile (3.9 km); out and back – gentle terrain, narrow path

Follow the South Achenbach Trail to Sperati Point – a gentle rise in the prairie with stunning badlands views. As you hike, take note of the grasses and forbs; the prairie ecosystem is one of the most diverse on the planet!
Green prairie with badlands on the horizon.
Prairie Dog Town; North Unit, TRNP.

NPS Photo/J. Bruce

Prairie Dog Town

2.0 mile (3.2 km); out and back – narrow dirt path, gentle terrain

Hike to a prairie dog town where animal activity abounds. Dog towns attract predators and grazers. Be on the lookout for coyotes, bison, and more; plan extra time for this wildlife viewing!
Geologic log formations on cliff that overlooks a view of the Badlands.
Caprock Coulee; North Unit, TRNP.

NPS Photo/J. Bruce

Caprock Coulee

4.1 mile (6.6 km); loop – steep sections, stairs, cliffs nearby

Explore deep coulees, open prairie, sun-baked buttes, and juniper forests. Get a true taste of the badlands on this scenic loop trail and take in the fantastic vistas that overlook the Theodore Roosevelt Wilderness.

Last updated: May 16, 2020

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