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Cross Ranch Trails

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The Cross Ranch Trails, which opened in 1989, are a 15-mile trail system of interconnected loops that allow visitors the chance to travel through a diverse landscape sculpted by the Missouri River, at the heart of the Lewis & Clark National Historic Trail. The cottonwood-ash woodlands and mixed grass prairie provide many wildlife viewing opportunities, including the chance to see Bald Eagles, the endangered Least Tern, and the threatened Piping Plover. The trails are a result of a partnership between the North Dakota Parks and Recreation Department and The Nature Conservancy.

Length 14.7 miles
Grade average 5%, maximum 30%
Surface primary grass and vegetation, secondary concrete
Amenities benches, boat launches, cabins, camping areas, fire rings, historical sites, parking, trailer picnic areas, restrooms, RV hookups, showers, interpretive signs, cross country skiing, telephones, trail access information, trail intersections, trailheads, trash disposal, visitor center, potable water


Cross Ranch State Park is located 12 miles southeast of Hensler via paved roads, or 6 miles by gravel. For paved access roads, follow the brown park signs located on Highway 200 or Highway 25.

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Contact Information

Cross Ranch State Park
1403 River Road, Center, ND 58530
Ph. 701.794.3731
Cross Ranch State Park Webpage


Related Links

Cross Ranch Nature Preserve