Wind, water and sand… these components 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. Little Missouri State Park is located 17 miles North of Killdeer on Highway 200.
Entrance fee—$5/day per vehicle or $25 annual vehicle permit
Camping—$12/night campsite with electricity; $10/night campsite without electricity.*
Horses (allows use of corrals and trails)—$6/day**
Contact the park directly to make a campsite and/or corral reservation.
Ph. 701-764-5256 or 701-794-3731
*The Park is a primitive state camping facility with potable water, outdoor toilets, corrals, picnic tables, a shaded tenting area and limited electrical hook ups.
**Federal, State and Public Lands require weed free hay or commercial feed.
Little Missouri State Park has over 47 miles of trails for horseback riding and hiking. Horse corrals are available for individuals and groups bringing in their own horses, and several artesian wells are located within the park for horse watering purposes. Trails are marked at major interestions.
Trail use policies
• Trails at Little Missouri State Park are restricted for use by horseback riders and hikers only. No motorized vehicles or mountain bikes are allowed.
• The majority of the park’s trails are on private or federal lands. Trail corridors on these lands are leased and park users are urged to respect private property and remain on marked trails only.
• Trails cover a variety of terrain and conditions, requiring horseback riders and hikers to be responsible for safe trail use.
• Riding or hiking the trails after rain is extremely hazardous. Check with the park ranger for trail conditions before embarking. The North Dakota Parks and Recreation Department reserves the right to close any or all trails due to hazardous conditions. Due to trail conditions, livestock locations or changes in lease status, trails may change periodically.
• Do not graze animals on leased lands. Leases provide trail access only. Grazing by riders over the course of a summer significantly impacts forage for property owners’ livestock.
• Give livestock the right-of-way. If cattle start moving out of an area as a result of your presence, go back and use an alternate route.
• If you pass through an open gate, leave it open. If you pass through a closed gate, close it behind you.
• The trails are open for hikers. Hikers should yield to horseback riders. It you hike on the trails, bring along drinking water, watch for rattlesnakes, and give livestock ample distance. The livestock wells along the trails are not tested for public drinking safety standards, and the water from these wells should not be consumed by humans.
• The use of certified weed-free hay or feed is required. Certified hay can be purchased from the park ranger.
• Horses, horseback riding and hiking have inherent risks. The North Dakota Parks and Recreation Department assumes no liability for damages or injuries that may be caused by horses on the trails or in the corrals and other park use areas.