Canyons Trail

Explore the surface resources and geologic features of the Monument by hiking in the backcountry.
The trail begins at the covered patio outside the visitor center lobby and winds its way down into Lithograph Canyon.
Turning right at a fence, hikers enter Hell Canyon and stroll along a combination of unpaved roads and open meadows to a sign that leads to the historic entrance. From there, it is around one mile back to the visitor center.
Hiking Time: ~ 2-4 hours
Terrain: ~ Moderate to steep inclines. Not accessible for wheelchairs or strollers.

Trail Elevation:
Trail Difficulty: Easy, Moderate
Trail Distance: ~ 3.5 miles (5.6 km)

South Dakota Trails / State Parks

Alkali Creek Trailhead Horse Camp

Alkali Creek Trailhead Horse Camp

Cow Creek Recreation Area

Cow Creek Recreation Area

Mystic Trailhead

Mystic Trailhead

Hartford Beach State Park

Hartford Beach State Park

Sica Hollow State Park

Sica Hollow State Park

Mountain Disc Golf Course

Mountain Disc Golf Course

The Mountain Trailhead

The Mountain Trailhead

BHNF Trail #48: Mount Roosevelt

BHNF Trail #48: Mount Roosevelt

Notch Trail

Notch Trail

Swan Creek Recreation Area

Swan Creek Recreation Area

Iron Creek Trailhead

Iron Creek Trailhead

Burke Lake Recreation Area

Burke Lake Recreation Area

Medicine Loop (East)

Medicine Loop (East)

West Whitlock Recreation Area

West Whitlock Recreation Area

Custer Spur to Stockade Lake Trail

Custer Spur to Stockade Lake Trail

French Creek Natural Area

French Creek Natural Area

Legion Lake Trail

Legion Lake Trail

BHNF Trail #79: Rimrock Trails

BHNF Trail #79: Rimrock Trails