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The Caprock Coulee Nature Trail, is a 1.6 mile roundtrip walk. This is a self-guided trail, so be sure to pick up a guide at the trailhead, and watch for the corresponding numbered posts. This is not a loop trail, but signs and your pamphlet will help you know when to turn back to the parking lot. This is a very nice trail, and with the guide is also a very informative hike. This trail gave us some insight into the geology and flora of the park. We walked through badland landscapes, sagebrush and grasses, a small wooded area, along a coulee (a dry water gulch), past a couple of slumps, as well as caprocks. Caprocks are hard rocks on the tops of columns of softer material. One day erosion will cause the softer material to wear away, and the harder caprocks will fall back to earth. We also saw a number of petrified wood logs. Some of these were on the ground, but many were higher up along the sides of the hills.
From the Caprock Coulee Nature Trail you can continue along the 4.1 mile loop Caprock Coulee Trail, or connect with the 11 mile Buckhorn Trail loop.
Directions: The parking area for the Caprock Coulee Nature Trail is 6.2 miles along the North Unit’s road.
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