3,506 ft / 1,069 m

#1 in North Dakota

#38,891 in United States


546 ft / 166 m

#1 in North Dakota

#4,515 in United States


45 summits

#1 in North Dakota

#602 in United States

Top climbing months

August   28%

June   20%

July   15%

Most climbed route

Van Daele Farm

3.4 mi • 392 ft gain


  • White Butte is the highest point in North Dakota.
  • It is a prominent butte in the Badlands of southwestern part of the state.
  • An easy climb; the hike takes about one hour round-trip.
  • The best time to go is during the early summer when the prairie flowers are in bloom.
  • The path to the summit is largely across clay and shale formations and becomes extremely slippery when wet.
  • Located within the boundaries of the Little Missouri National Grassland and about 35 miles south of Theodore Roosevelt National Park.
  • On private property and the owners request a $10 donation to help maintain the area.
14 summits • 3.4 mi • 392 ft gain • 58 min