Scenic USA - North Dakota

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Killdeer Mountain Byway

Killdeer Mountain Four Bears Scenic Byway - North Dakota

Photos by Ben Prepelka

     From the Killdeer Mountains and through the Little Missouri River breaks and badlands, North Dakota's 64 mile Killdeer Mountain Four Bears Scenic Byway offers a unique look at North Dakota Byway Sign a wild and rugged western Dakota landscape. Byway stops at Medicine Hole, the Killdeer Battlefield Historic Site, Little Missouri State Park, and Four Bear Museum provide visitors with a brief look into the culture and history of the Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara Indian tribes.
     Here in western North Dakota, a land famous for its badlands, the scenic byway begins in Manning and ends in Newtown and the Crow Flies High Butte Overlook. At the junction of routes 22 and 23, take Route 23 to the east. Just a few miles from Newtown, the Crow Flies High Butte offers a panoramic view of the huge Lake Sakakawea and Four Bear Bridge. Lake SakakaweaFor more scenic inspiration, the primitive Little Missouri State Park is considered some of the most picturesque badlands in the state. Most of the park is only accessed over hiking and equestrian trails. Rising in northeastern Wyoming near Devil's Tower, the Little Missouri travels 560 miles to join the famous Missouri River. In North Dakota, the Little Missouri winds its way through the Little Missouri National Grasslands and Theodore Roosevelt National Park. Cottonwoods, turning a deep gold in early October, line the river and provide some color among the highly eroded hills.



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