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  • Southeast Montana
  • B.l.m. Trail
Calypso Trail is a 5.5 mile primitive road that provides accesses to the erosion-carved sandstone and clays of the Terry Badlands Wilderness Study Area. The badlands were formed from sedimentary rocks which have been eroded by wind and water into impressive arches, bridges, flat tabletops, pinnacles, spires and scoria escarpments. Vehicles with high clearance are recommended. Be aware this road is impassable when wet.

The road gets its name from Calypso, a now defunct railroad stop on the Milwaukee Railroad which was active over a hundred years ago. The Calypso Trail also served as a freight road, travel route and alleged boot-leg trail. The trail is primitive, and there are no services, but the views are captivating.

Popular activities in the badlands include hiking, bicycling, hunting, photography, birding, horse back riding and wildlife viewing. There are no established campsites, but there are places suitable for overnight camping in the bench areas at the head of protected draws. The lack of water will limit the length of stay and the hiking range of back packers, especially during the hot summer months. Vehicles, including 4-wheelers and mountain bikes, are not permitted to travel off road. As you travel around the badlands be aware of private land by knowing the boundaries of the WSA.
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Phone
406-233-2800
Mailing Address
Bureau of Land Management
111 Garryowen Road
Miles City, MT 59301
Special direction map

From Terry, travel west on old Highway 10 (the frontage road) for 1.8 miles. Turn right on Milwaukee Road. Continue 3.5 miles on the gravel road and cross the Yellowstone River on the old Milwaukee Railroad Bridge. Proceed .4 miles to the BLM information kiosk which provides historical information of the area.