Killdeer Mountain Four Bears Scenic Byway + ADD NEW ROUTE
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The route actually begins on Highway 22 at Manning, 23 miles north of Dickinson in western North Dakota. It connects with Highway 23 and proceeds east to New Town. It is a designated North Dakota scenic byway. To find out more on this route and other North Dakota scenic byways, go to North Dakota Parks and Rec web site.
This route takes you through some of the best scenery in western North Dakota. Rolling hills and long climbs near Killdeer give way to rolling hills, the rugged Killdeer Mountains and finally the Badlands. The road twists its way down into the valley, its shoulders falling away sharply into the deep Badlands. The route, Highway 22, crosses Lost Bridge over the Little Missouri River and enters the Fort Berthold Indian Reservation. It continues north through rolling hills, woody draws and onto high plateaus with high buttes on the horizons. The scenery is unbelievable, especially entering and riding through the Badlands. Be sure to stop at the pull-off near lost bridge and look back up the twisting road you just came down. Depending on the sun angle, it makes a great picture.
North Dakota Highway 22 is well maintained. It has long ascents and descents in the Manning-Killdeer area and enters the rugged Badlands north of Killdeer. North of the Little Missouri River, it climbs quickly to a high plateau with wooded draws and steep climbs and descents.
Killdeer, Watford City and New Town are the larger cities along and at either end of the route. You can find motel lodging, campgrounds, entertainment and food stops there. New Town has a casino and a new Indian earth lodge village.
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