Arrive in Theodore Roosevelt National Park with this 10 min hike to Johnson's Plateau, where winds whip through your hair while you look out over some of the best scenery the park has to offer.
The coal vein stopped burning in 1978 after almost thirty years alight, but this trail is an insight into the unique geology of the badlands' terrain. You'll learn about 60 million years of geological history, including the composition of the bands of color embedded in the rocks. This 30 min hike stretches for just under 1 mi. and includes stairs.
Explore one of the most diverse prairie ecosystems in the world as you hike towards an overlook on the Little Missouri River. This gently undulating hike lasts about one hour and is just under 2 mi. long.
It takes all day to hike these 11 mi., but on the way you will find yourself immersed in surreal landscapes, including prairie dog cities, phalanxes of sagebrush, plunging canyons, and panoramic prairies.
In about five hours, you can cross these ancient petrified forests and rugged wildernesses. Along the way, you'll follow the North and South Petrified Forest Trails before joining the famous Maah Daah Hey trail.