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Pembina Gorge State Recreational Area

Saturday, December 23, 2023

Other Names

Three Sister Hills, Little North Pembina River, Yellow Bank, Swinkys Trail, Norman Atta, Frost Fire Mountain Ski Area, Round Mountain, Butch's Cabin, Three Sisters

Last Known StatusOpen

This trail system opened to the public in June 2012 and offers over 30 miles of marked trails that are mostly hard packed and smooth. The trails mostly wind through a scenic forest but occasional breaks provide scenic vistas of the surrounding valleys, rivers and Three Sister Hills.

The trail system is open to motorized use from the third weekend in May until mid October, but will close temporarily due to significant rainfall, so call first before heading out. There is no fee charged to ride but machines must display a current North Dakota OHV sticker.

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Permit RequiredYesNorth Dakota Trail Access Permit
Dates OpenThird weekend in May through mid October. Always call first, trails will close during significant rainfall.
Other ATV Stickers AcceptedUnknown
Spark ArrestorYesA spark arresting exhaust silencer or end cap is required for all vehicles.
Noise LimitYes
Whip FlagsNot Required
Maximum Vehicle WidthYes (60 inches)
Allow Dirt Bikes, Trail Bikes and Motorcycles Motorcycles & Dirt BikesPermitted
Allow All Terrain Vehicles / Quads / Four Wheelers ATVsPermitted
Allow Utility Terrain Vehicles, Side by Sides (SXS), RZR UTV & SXSPermitted(maximum width 60 inches)
Allow 4x4 Jeeps, SUVs and 4 x 4 Trucks with License Plates SUVs & Jeeps (registered)Prohibited
Dune Buggy & Sand Rail
4x4 (unregistered)
2 Stroke EnginesNo Restriction
MX Helmet RequiredYouth Onlyrequired for persons under 18 by state law
(RiderPlanet strongly recommends helmets for all riders.)
Camping / Overnight RV Parking Camping
Campfire Restrictions Campfires
Night RidingUnknown
Trail BlazingProhibitedriders must stay on trail
Rule Enforcement


AreaMotorized Trails
LandState Recreation




Our RatingRatingGood
Recommended StayFull Day
Comments(Scroll Down For Rider Reviews & Comments)


Nearest CityWalhalla, ND
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Trail MapGo To Trail Map
From: Walhalla, ND
1) Take CR-55 West about 5 miles
2) Turn right (north) on 121st Ave NE, continue 1 mile
3) Turn left (west) on 105th Street, continue 1 mile
4) Turn right (north) on 120 Ave NE, continue .1 miles
5) Trailhead is on the left (west).


Contact InfoPembina Gorge State Recreation Area
101 5th Street
Walhalla, ND 58282-4623
(701) 549-2444
Contact InfoNorth Dakota Parks And Recreation Department
1600 East Century Ave. Suite 3
Bismark, ND 58503
(701) 328-5357
CommentNorth Dakota Trail Permit Info


Pembina Gorge Trail Photo

Pembina Gorge State Recreational Area Trail

Photo Submitted 5/3/2018 (Thanks!)

Pembina Gorge Trail Photo

Pembina Gorge State Recreational Area Trail

Photo Submitted 5/3/2018 (Thanks!)


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Approx Size2,800 acres (4 sq mi)
Miles Of Trail30
Climate TypePlains
Elevation1300 to 1400 ft.
Trail MaintenanceMarked, Not Rated, Heavily Maintained
Loose DirtThis trail has little loose dirt.Little
Hard PackThe trail has mostly hard pack terrain.Mostly
SandThis trail has no sandy areas.None
MudThe trail has little mud after it rains.Little
DustThe trail has little dust on typical days.Little
RocksThis trail has little rocks.Little
TreesThe trail has some trees.Some
Steep HillsThis trail has few steep hills.Few
Water CrossingsThe trail has no water crossings.None
Small JumpsThis trail has no small jumps.None
Large JumpsThis trail has no large jumps.None
BermsThe trail has few berms.Few
Sand/Gravel PitsThis state recreation area has no sand or gravel pits.None
Single TrackThis state recreation area has no single track trails.None
RoadsThis state recreation area has no roads.None
IntersectionsThis trail has few intersections.Few
Rider TrafficThe state recreation area has few rider traffic on typical days.Few
ShadeThis state recreation area has no shaded areas.None
HazardsThis trail has few hazards.Few(hazards assumed marked but use caution)
Easy Terrain NoviceThis trail has mostly beginner terrain.Mostly
Moderate Terrain AmateurThis trail has some intermediate level terrain.Some
Difficult Terrain ExpertThis trail has no expert terrain.None


Gasoline Gasoline5-20 Miles (SE)Walhalla Co-Op Oil Co (701) 549-2527
Diesel Diesel5-20 Miles (SE)Walhalla Co-Op Oil Co (701) 549-2527
Potable Water Water5-20 Miles (SE)Riverside Park (701) 549-3289 or (701) 370-0278
RV Hookups RV Hookup5-20 Miles (SE)Riverside Park (701) 549-3289 or (701) 370-0278
RV Dump Station RV Disposal5-20 Miles (SE)Riverside Park (701) 549-3289 or (701) 370-0278
Primitive Camping Campground5-20 Miles (SE)Riverside Park (701) 549-3289 or (701) 370-0278
Convenience Store Conv Store5-20 Miles (SE)Walhalla Co-Op Oil Co (701) 549-2527
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