Discover the rugged and beautiful landscape that inspired Theodore Roosevelt to become our nation's foremost conservationist. Come and explore a region rich in scenery and history, and which is still home to prairie dogs, bison, elk, pronghorn, and bighorn sheep. With tips on choosing the right trip, how to prepare, and expert guidance along the way, this book is sure to become a much-used reference for anyone interested in hiking, mountain biking, and horseback riding the nearly 300 miles of trails in the Badlands of western North Dakota. This guidebook includes invaluable, detailed descriptions and updated maps of: - All of the trails in Theodore Roosevelt National Park. - The surrounding Dakota Prairie Grasslands. - The Maah Daah Hey Trail, a 144-mile single track trail. - Completed sections of the North Country National Scenic Trail. - Trails at Knife River Indian Villages National Historic Site. - Trails in the state parks of western North Dakota. There is also expanded coverage of the - Painted Canyon Trail. - Roundup Trail. - Lone Tree Loop Trail. - Ice Caves. - Cottonwood-Bennett-Maah Daah Hey loop. Featuring maps, photographs, and geological and historical notes, this book is a great, multi-use guide to this incredible region.
Hiram Rogers is the author of the bestselling Exploring the Black Hills and Badlands, as well as the books 50 Hikes in Kentucky and Backroad Bicycling in the Blue Ridge and Smoky Mountains. He has also written about the outdoor recreation and conservation issues for several magazines, including Backpacker and GORP.com. He is a geologist, avid outdoorsman, and former resident of the Dakotas.