Killdeer Mountain Four Bears Scenic Byway
From the Killdeer Mountains to the deeply entrenched Little Missouri River Breaks and Badlands, this byway provides a unique and enchanting landscape in one of the most scenic areas of western North Dakota. The rich culture and history of the Mandan, Hidatsa, and Arikara tribes, paired with the recreational opportunities of Little Missouri State Park, provide visitors an enthralling adventure in west central North Dakota.
Begins north of Manning on Highway 22 through Killdeer to Highway 23, then east to New Town.
Points of Interest
- Crow Flies High Butte Overlook-Located 2 miles west of New Town, this butte offers stunning views of Lake Sakakawea and the Four Bears Bridge. Interpretive signage highlights the life of Chief Crow Flies High and local history.
- Four Bears Museum-This diverse museum located in New Town offers a cultural, as well as historic overview of the Mandan, Hidatsa, and Arikara tribes. The museum is located on the Fort Berthold Indian Reservation about 4 miles west of New Town on ND Highway 23.
- Little Missouri State Park-Wind, water and sand 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 and can be found at Little Missouri State Park. Horse corrals are available for groups bringing in their own horses and artesian wells are located within the park for horse watering purposes. In addition, a horse riding concession with horse rentals and guide services is available.
- Killdeer Battlefield State Historic Site-Located ten and one-half miles northwest of Killdeer, this site commemorates a battle fought on July 28, 1864, between troops commanded by General Alfred Sully and Sioux Indians. Sully's campaign, culminating at Killdeer Mountain, was not the end of hostilities but instead a prelude to the Sioux Wars of the 1870s.
- Lake Ilo National Wildlife Refuge-Located one mile off of Highway 200 between Killdeer and Dunn Center, Lake Ilo National Wildlife Refuge contains 4,034 acres of prairie, grasslands, and wetlands. Popular activities include birding, hiking, photography, and general wildlife observation.