This state park is located a few miles from Lake Sakakawea on the south rim of the badlands formed by the Little Missouri River. The park and surrounding leased land look noth and east across the rugged Little Missouri Breaks and include a network of hiking and horse trails that wander down into the badlands. Because it faces into the morning sun, the “canyon” formed by the river is not easy to photograph in the morning. I hope to return in the late afternoon on a follow up trip.
There is significant oil development evident along ND 22 north of Killdeer to the park entrance. Three rigs were drilling new wells in a one mile stretch of road just a short distance from the park entrance. Rigs and wells were visible along the north rim of the Breaks, disrupting the panoramic views from within the park.
Multiple rigs along a small portion of ND highway 22.