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For 96 miles on the Maah Daah Hey Trail, hikers, mountain bikers and horseback riders share the trek on what is considered the premier non-motorized trail through North Dakota’s Badlands.
A connection to the past
What Will I See?
- This area of North Dakota provides prime habitat for a variety of mammals and birds.
- Mule deer and coyotes are often sighted, while an occasional eagle or prairie falcon may be spotted soaring above.
- Bison and feral horses roam the range at Roosevelt National Park.
- Bighorn sheep and elk have been reintroduced into the area and can be spotted by keen observers.
About This Destination
Stretching more than 1,259,000 acres, the Dakota Prairie National Grasslands offer visitors the opportunity to view an abundance of wildlife and take part in a variety of recreational opportunities, including hiking, camping, horseback riding, photography, canoeing, fishing, hunting and backpacking. The area is not solid blocks of Forest Service lands. Rather, they are intermingled with other federal, state and privately owned lands. This mixed ownership pattern contributes to the uniqueness of this special place.
What Should I Know?
Amenities: Vault toilets; four fenced overnight campsites – Bennet, Elkhorn, Magpie and Wannagan – with hitching posts, campfire rings and hand-pumped potable water throughout the season.
Operating hours: The trail is open for use all year, but at various times of the year, the trail may be impassable due to snow, ice, high water and mud.
The trail is shared with horseback riders, hikers and bicyclists and is closed to motorized vehicles. Although pumped potable water is available, trail users are encouraged to bring enough fresh water for each person.
Users must pack out all trash and other materials.
The trail enters Theodore Roosevelt National Park at both the north and south units. However, mountain bikes are not allowed in that area of the national park.