Over 30 miles of hiking trails meander through mixed-grass prairie and ponderosa pine forest. Mileages listed below are one-way unless otherwise noted. Go prepared:
Trailhead: Located in the Elk Mountain Campground, across from the amphitheater.
Trailhead: Begin this loop trail at the Visitor Center or at the picnic area, located 1000 feet north of the visitor center.
Trailhead: Follow Route 87 in the park, and look for signage leading towards Rankin Ridge Nature Trail. RVs and trailers are not permitted at trailhead; hikers may park at nearby pulloff and walk to trailhead (approx. 1200 feet to trailhead).
Wind Cave Canyon (#2)
Trailhead: Located along Route 385 just east of the visitor center. Look for the gravel parking area east of the road.
Cold Brook Canyon (#1)
Trailhead: Located along Route 385 approximately 1 mile south of the visitor center.
Lookout Point (#4)
Trailhead: Located along Route 87 north of the visitor center.
Trailhead: About one mile north of the Rankin Ridge fire tower turnoff.
East Bison Flats (#3)
Trailhead: Located just north of the park's southern boundary along Route 385.
Trailhead: this trail can be reached by Hwy 87 or NPS 5.
Highland Creek (#7)
Trailhead: This trail can be reached by a 1-mile hike down the Wind Cave Canyon trail or from the northern trailhead on NPS 5.
Boland Ridge (#8)
Trailhead: The trail begins at a small parking area on NPS 6, one mile north of the junction with NPS 5.
Last updated: July 21, 2020