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Memorial at Little Missouri

Little Missouri

Called “Mako Shika” or “where the land breaks” by the Sioux, the unusual land formations of the Badlands offer the state’s most awe-inspiring scenery which can be found at Little Missouri State Park. Most of this primitive park is accessible only on foot or on horseback, having approximately 50 miles of trails that crisscross the park’s beautiful landscape. The trails at Little Missouri State Park are restricted to hiking and horseback riding only with varying levels of trail difficulty available. The park offers horse corrals, electrical campsites, weed free hay, showers and shelters.

Most of the trails that are located within the park are generously leased by private landowners to the ND Parks & Recreation Department allowing the public access to these scenic lands. The TH trail is named after Thorris Sandvick who was a local farmer and rancher in the area. Thorris was instrumental in making Little Missouri State Park a reality. Thorris was passionate about the Badlands and saw the value in sharing the North Dakota Badlands experience with everyone. Thorris and his wife, Lynelle, offered a portion of their land to the North Dakota Parks and Recreation Department in order to create the park. At the head of the TH trail, you’ll find a plaque remembering Thorris and encouraging visitors to ride in his memory.

Little Missouri State Park is located 17 miles north of Killdeer, ND on Highway 22.