HIKING UPPER JONES CREEK TRAIL Teddy Roosevelt National Park, Medora, North Dakota

Hiking Team: Dave Miller, Rosie Miller

Date: June 19, 2022

This was our favorite trail, a 3.6-mile trek across the prairie with varied terrain.  At the trailhead we saw wild horses. We began the hike by looping around a large unique beehive rock formation and then descended the tight trail between tall rocks. A three-foot-long bull snake suddenly crossed by path.  Jones Creek winded it’s way beside us and looked bloody red due to the red clay banks mixing with the water. The seven-foot drop to the creek offered us protection in the event of an unexpected bison charging us. We hiked through the middle of at least three prairie dog “towns” and listened to their squeaking sounds as they communicated back and forth. Most of the time we saw just one but often two or three prairie dogs would be sitting on top of their dome crater. Underneath, the burrow could be 30 feet long and 9 feet wide. Lots of brush and wildflowers surrounded the rolling trail with lots of grasshoppers buzzing by. A foot long green snake slithered along the trail ahead of us. We finished and across from where we parked, two bison were resting.

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