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Jones Creek Trail

Easy/Intermediate
 4.2 (5)

A pleasant badlands trail that provides varied terrain that is not as rugged as some other areas.


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Map Key

3.6

Miles

5.8

KM

Point to Point

2,459' 750 m

High

2,261' 689 m

Low

234' 71 m

Up

36' 11 m

Down

1%

Avg Grade (1°)

7%

Max Grade (4°)

Dogs No Dogs

Features Fall Colors · Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife

Family Friendly Kids can definitely handle this trail's gentle grades and moderate length.

Description

Start from the parking lot along the Park paved road and head Northeast. The trail follows Jones Creek and while there is varied terrain crossing dry water courses, this route is not very rugged. The trail intersects with the Roundup Trail and the Lower Talkington Trail providing opportunities for varied out-and-backs or loops (see Jones/Lower Talkington/Lower Paddock Loop).

Flora & Fauna

Wild horses, bison, and wildflowers.

Contacts

Land Manager: NPS - Theodore Roosevelt

Shared By:

Karen Ryberg

Trail Ratings

  4.2 from 5 votes

#9

in South Unit

#10546

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  4.2 from 5 votes
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Trail Rankings

#9

in South Unit

#28

in North Dakota

#10,546

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Horses along the way also seem to enjoy the Jones Creek Trail.
Nov 10, 2015 near Medora, ND
Consulting the map at the junction of the Jones Creek and Roundup Trails.
Sep 19, 2019 near Medora, ND
Theodore Roosevelt National Park.
Oct 29, 2016 near Medora, ND
Grassy rolls and dirt peaks surround the Jones Creek Trail.
May 25, 2017 near Medora, ND
Heading into the Jones Creek Trail, enjoy this scenic view.
May 25, 2017 near Medora, ND
On the Jones Creek Trail.
Sep 19, 2019 near Medora, ND

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Jul 15, 2022
paul schilling
Oct 18, 2021
Carla Studer
Jun 6, 2021
Darby Capellin
Runs along and crisscrosses Jone's Creek that bisects the South Unit. The creek is nearly dry by June. Through grass and between stratified hills. 3.5mi — 1h 11m
Sep 5, 2020
Elizabeth Danula
The littles ones (5 and 8) did great! 3.6mi — 2h 03m
Aug 29, 2020
David Wybo
Jun 28, 2020
Vincent Schumaker
7mi
Jun 21, 2020
Anne Cowles
only did a little spur out and back, saw a nice big boi on the trail! 1.2mi
Jun 21, 2020
Tom Herr
Fun prairie trail. We came to a stop on the way back when a big bull bison was in the middle of the trail! Gave him a wide birth without injury. 2.6mi