It’s that time of year again – the time when we North Dakotans look for ways to enjoy the snowy season without following the geese south. It’s ski and snowshoe season!

Bully Pulpit Golf Course is once again offering a cross country skiing and snowshoe trail across the beautiful winter Badlands where golfers enjoy the links in the summer.

If you’ve hit the trails at the Bully Pulpit in the past, there have been a few changes to our map, but the overall mileage will remain very much the same. The trail head will begin at the Bully Pulpit Clubhouse. The site allows plenty of room for parking and unloading.

Trail Report

Ski Map 2013

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We have six trails available for your recreation.  Three of the trails are amongst the trees and are a little more weaving-and-winding, while the other three have longer straight sections in the open prairie, with a minor amount of slopes to traverse. All the trails range in length from ¾ to 1.1 miles in length, and offer an easy degree of difficulty. 

Currently, more snowfall would be welcomed to increase trail conditions to fair/good status – but all open trails are navigable.  The first and second snowfalls have been packed, and some subsequent drifting has been groomed to continue building a firm base to hold snow during fluctuant temperatures that are common to southwestern North Dakota.

High winds of late have created some areas of thin trail as well as some taller drifts.  The trails amongst the trees are in the best conditions, while those in the open have some areas of roughness. The trails marked purple and red on the map (named Butte and Cedar), are in Fair condition currently and are the most recommended to enjoy.  The trails marked green and yellow on the map (Ash and Lil’ Mo) are not yet in “fair” condition but overall are still navigable.  The trail marked as pink on the map (Prairie) has been groomed, but is not yet recommended for ski travel.  The trail marked brown (Cottonwood) has not yet opened for the season.

Trails are monitored and groomed as needed and allowed by the conditions.

These trails are open to the general public for cross-country skiing and snowshoeing free of charge. However, users must stay on designated, groomed trails.  The paths are created for the safety and certain areas are not accessible during the winter season. Please do not blaze your own trails.  Travel at your own risk.

At the Trail Head

There is a trail head sign under the front awning of the Clubhouse that will display important information such as:  a map of the trails, a brief informational station, and trail names with their current conditions. For a quick reference, the colors below will depict the current trail conditions.

Blue = Excellent Conditions

Green = Good

Yellow = Fair

Orange = Poor

Red = Closed

We’ll be sure to keep conditions reports updated as they change on our blog.

Come on out to Medora and enjoy the quiet serenity of the winter Badlands. There is always a good chance to see some local wildlife as you move through the beautiful landscape. And when you’ve had your fill in the snow, stop by the other local business in Medora for some shopping, dining and entertainment. Even stay a night at one of the local Medora hotels.

See a full list of Medora business holiday hours here.

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