Your Guide to the Bakken Outdoors

Little Missouri State Park

By April 24, 2014


Wind, water and sand… these components sculpted North Dakota’s wildly rugged Little Missouri Breaks Country. Called “Mako Shika” or “where the land breaks” by the Sioux, these unusual land formations offer the state’s most awe-inspiring scenery.

Some of the most picturesque Badlands scenery can be found at Little Missouri State Park. Most of this primitive park is accessible only on foot or horseback.

LMSP Badlands

Electrical hookups are available to campers, however, all other facilities are primitive.

Backpacking and horseback riding on the park’s over 47 miles of trails are popular activities. Horse corrals are available for groups bringing in their own horses and artesian wells are located within the park for horse watering purposes. Use of certified weed-free hay is required and is available for sale at the park. In addition, a horse riding concession with horse rentals and guide services and other services are available from Badlands Trail Rides.


17 miles north of Killdeer on Highway 22. (Maps)

Nearby attractions

Theodore Roosevelt National Park (North Unit) • Lake Sakakawea • Killdeer Mountains • Killdeer Mountain Roundup Rodeo • Little Missouri State Scenic River (no access from park) • Killdeer Mountain Four Bears Scenic Byway

Trail types

Hiking Symbol Horseback Riding Symbol Snowshoeing Symbol

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