Posts in category 2018

Three weeks of Christmas Events in Medora

Christmas is our favorite holiday!

There’s a ton of fun fall activities in Medora right now, including our upcoming Wild West Fright Fest and more!

But we love Christmas so much that we’re jumping ahead to announce that we’re having three week’s worth of events this Holiday season.

It starts with A Magical Medora Christmas

Touring November 24 – December 22 | Plus Christmas Stay & Play Packages for the Medora stop of the tour

More than 30 shows in 24 communities plus an exclusive Magical Medora Christmas weekend when the tour comes to Medora on November 30 and December 1. Tickets go on sale October 15!

Tour schedule, ticket and package info here.

Medora’s Old Fashioned Cowboy Christmas

December 7 – 9

Live music with a community dinner, eats on the streets, a veteran’s event and more!

Learn more about how we plan to celebrate Christmas western-style here.

Bold St. Nicks’s Winter Fatbike Race

December 15

Be bold and brave the cold during the coolest mountain bike race this side of the Little Missouri River!

The creators of the famous Maah Daah Hey 100 bring you this winter fatbiking event in heart of the winter Badlands — and, oh yeah, there’s a race for those of you on Naughty and the Nice List.

Learn more about the Bold St. Nick’s Winter Fatbike Race here.

‘Finale weekend’ in Medora doesn’t mean an end to the fun

Last performances of the Medora Musical, and the Medora Gospel Brunch season mark transition to brand-new fall and winter events

(Medora, ND) – The summer season in Medora comes to its wonderful conclusion this Saturday and Sunday when the Medora Musical wraps up September 8 and the Medora Gospel Brunch closes on September 9.

In celebration of finale weekend, TRMF has invited First Responders (police, fire fighters, etc.) and EMS personnel to see the Medora Musical for FREE on either September 7 or September 8.

TRMF marketing and communications specialist, Daniel Gannarelli says, “We’re excited to host First Responders and EMS personnel for free during the last two Medora Musical performances of the year. They serve us so well in their respective capacities. It’s the least we could do.”

Gannarelli continued,  “The end of the year is always an exciting time in Medora. It’s fun to serve guests from all over the world who are trying to take in one more show — whether it’s seeing A TR Salute to Medora at the Old Town Hall Theater, the Medora Gospel Brunch or, most typically, catching one more Medora Musical at the Burning Hills Amphitheatre.

Finale weekend in Medora will also feature the 15th Annual Medora Hot Air Balloon Rally and Kite Fest September 7 – 9. This  traditional event that brings in photographers and guests from across the region to view the mesmerizing spectacle.

The fun continues after the season finale of the Medora Musical, too

Bully Pulpit Golf Course remains open through most of the month of October, and enthusiasts can enjoy the Maah Daah Hey Trail and activities in Theodore Roosevelt National Park all year. Additionally, a full schedule of family-friendly events is planned for folks to enjoy the Badlands throughout the fall and winter season.

Many of the events coming from suggestions from guests in Medora, the schedule of entertainment and events is as follows:

The Fall and Winter events schedule is as follows:

  • September 21 & 22: Church of Cash concert in Medora
  • September 22 – 27: Maah Daah Hey 150 Mountain Bike Race
  • September 29: Medora’s Beer and Bacon Event, hosted by Little Missouri Chiropractic
  • October 26 & 27: Wild West Fright Fest and Haunted House
  • November 17: Wine and Dine — a Theodore’s Dinning Room Event
  • November 30 & December 1: A Magical Medora Christmas Show LIVE in Medora (full tour November 24 – December 22)
  • December 7 – 9: Medora’s Old-Fashioned Cowboy Christmas
  • December 15: Bold St. Nick’s Fat Bike Race
  • February 8 & 9: Romance in Medora — a Valentine’s Day Event
  • Winter Shows at the Old Town Hall Theater — To Be Announced

Gannarelli concluded by saying, “These fall and winter events are the highlights. But folks from all over come to Medora in the fall to explore TR National Park without the crowds… or play Bully Pulpit when it’s at its prettiest.”

“In the winter, many love to snow shoe, cross country ski, ride fat bikes on the manicured trails at Bully Pulpit. With this entertainment lineup added to the mix, there really is more to explore in Medora than ever before.”

Guest can get more information about Medora’s fall and winter events schedule — and purchase tickjets for the Medora shows remaining this summer — at Medora.com.

7 Photogenic Locations & Photography Tips in Theodore Roosevelt National Park

Everyone who makes the trip to the Badlands of North Dakota have their own reason for visiting Medora and the Theodore Roosevelt National Park. 

Yours might be different than the next but everyone will all have one thing in common, everyone comments about the beautiful sights and sounds.

Whether you’re an expert photographer with all the gear or out to capture the pics to make your Instagram followers jealous, this is your guide!

Zak Zeinert, nature photographer and National Park lover, let us share his favorite Theodore Roosevelt National Park photography locations and some little-known photographer hideouts that he enjoys just outside of Medora.

As originally published at Zak Zeinert Photography Blog

Enjoy!

 – – WIND CANYON OVERLOOK – –


Wind Canyon is the most photographed spot in the park, and with good reason. In the evening, the short footpath leads viewers to a stunning display as the sun sets over the Little Missouri River. The river makes for natural leading lines that photograph well and help guide the viewer’s eye to some of the best sunsets in the United States. I try not to shoot at the same spot too often, but I can’t help but find myself returning to Wind Canyon.

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– – COTTONWOOD CAMPGROUND – –

The 36-mile loop and numerous trails offer plenty of great sights, but don’t forget about the opportunities back at camp! On my first visit to the Medora area in 2016, I was often greeted back at camp by a bison wandering by. That same evening, I photographed wild horses on the southern end of the campground. Not to mention the great selfies you can get for your Facebook and Instagram as you gaze out upon the badlands from camp!

 – – THE 36-MILE PARK LOOP – –


Many of the park’s visitors only ever see it from the safety of their vehicle along the 36-mile loop. Fortunately, there are many great photo opportunities along the whole stretch. I recommend driving the loop in the early morning or late afternoon. Not only will the warm golden hour light make your photos look stunning but the cooler temperatures will also draw the wildlife out. When you feel like getting out and stretching your legs, check out some of the incredible overlooks along the loop such as Boicourt or Scoria Point.

Boicourt Overlook provides a grand view of the park from the loop – 2016

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 – – THE PETRIFIED FOREST LOOP – –


The Petrified Forest Loop has quickly become my favorite trail in the park. Inaccessible via the 36-mile park loop, to reach the trailhead one must take exit 23 off of I-94w then continue up West River Road for roughly 6.5 miles. Don’t let the bit of extra effort discourage you though, visitors to this trail are well rewarded. Besides being well maintained, the trail offers grand canyon views, peaceful sections of grassland, and of course the main attraction: petrified wood! The loop is about 10-miles long, but one only has to travel a short distance to find the fossilized remains of the ancient forest.

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 – – BUCK HILL – –


Buck Hill is the highest point in the park and provides the million-dollar panoramic views of the badlands. Lone trees are scattered among the hilltop and make for great silhouette shots as well as interesting subjects against the grassy terrain. The well-defined trail winding its way down the southern slope provides an excellent backdrop for portraits while also being an interesting subject on its own.

 

– – THE LOWER TALKINGTON TRAIL – –


The Lower Talkington Trail will truly make you feel as if you’ve stumbled into another world. The painted hills seem to surround you as you descend into the eastern end of the park. Last time, I hiked it I found myself caught between a cranky bison and a band of wild horses. I managed to get a some great shots while I waited them out from the safety of a hilltop.

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 – – THE NORTH UNIT – –


Don’t forget to visit the North Unit of the park just south of Watford City. Not only is it just as stunning, but you’ll deal with a fraction of the crowds that you get in the South Unit. While you won’t find prairie dogs or wild horses in the North Unit, you will find smooth, rolling grasslands more akin to what you’d see in Badlands National Park. The buffalo are bountiful and the overlooks just as scenic. The in-and-out road, rightfully called ‘Scenic Drive’ offers many stunning views as it winds its way through the park.

These photography secrets are just across the North Dakota border and with Mother Nature as the ultimate artist, each day could give you a new view. Plan for a few extra days and of course see what else Medora has to offer.

Theodore Roosevelt National Park truly is one-of-a-kind and is well deserving of its name. Just don’t forget to put down the camera every once in a while to take in the beautiful landscape around you.

Get a Printable Theodore Roosevelt National Park Map 

Helpful Hiking Information for Theodore Roosevelt National Park

Check out more of Zak’s work: http://www.zakzeinertphotography.com/ 

Purchase a print seen in this blog: North Dakota Collection

Book your Photography Trip: https://medora.com/plan-your-trip/ 

Playing Tip with PGA Intern, Grayson Arellano

One thing all good golfers have is a solid preshot routine that takes them from tee to green.

Develop yours with help from Bully Pulpit Golf Course PGA Intern, Grayson Arellano!

Ready to put your routine in action? Then make your tee time for Bully Pulpit Golf Course here.

 

Bismarck to the Badlands: A Roadtrip to Remember

Hi, hello, and how do you do! 

I’m Kaelee, this is my copilot Jada and we are taking you on a trip to all of the must-sees and dos between Bismarck and Medora.

 

I have the map if you have the snacks, so let’s get going!  READ MORE »

Medora lives up to the hype for these folks!

This story was originally written by Bismarck Tribune publisher, Gary Adkisson and titled Medora, park live up to the hype.

My wife and I made our first “in-season” visit to Medora and it exceeded our expectations.

We had made a brief stop in Medora last fall, after most of the entertainment venues had closed for the season, so we were excited to get the full Medora experience last weekend.

 

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Kat Perkins and Special Guest Roger Fisher Rock the Burning Hills Amphitheater

One of the Medora’s favorite performers returned to the stage where it all started – the Burning Hills Amphitheater!

Kat Perkins was joined by special guest and Rock and Roll Hall of Famer, Roger Fisher for a show that you just can’t get anywhere else.

Kat is a former star of the Medora Musical and semifinalist on Season 5 of NBC’s TheVoice. Her concert paid tribute to the artists and bands who shaped her life PLUS she performed new, original songs.

It’s was an ND Legendary concert experience!

SEE THE ENTIRE PHOTO ALBUM

Kat Perkins concert performance in Medora

 

Kat’s 2018 Badlands Rising Star Camp was also a hit!

The campers got the special privilege of opening the show for Kat’s LEGENDS Concert on the Burning Hills Amphitheater stage.

Campers impressed the audience by singing the iconic “Medora” song and then broke into smaller groups to show off their work.

The finale included Kat Perkins and her band with their version of Say Something by Justin Timberlake. Click the picture below to watch:

Kat Perkins singing Justin Timberlake Say Something

Watch Say Something by Justin Timberlake Performed by Kat Perkins and Badlands Rising Star Camp.

Here are just a few pictures from the performances:

See the full Badlands Rising Star Camp Photo Album

“Cowboy Lyle” Glass Has Passed Away

Medora says good bye to a Badlands icon

 

(Medora, ND) – The Theodore Roosevelt Medora Foundation (TRMF) is sad to announce the passing of Cowboy Lyle Glass. He was 67.

 

Memorial details will be forthcoming as family and friends are notified of the passing of our adored Cowboy Lyle.

 

Lyle was born June 22, 1951. He left his hometown of Crookston, Minnesota in 1973 for the Badlands of North Dakota — and a small tourist town called Medora.

 

Lyle quickly established himself as a hardworking Horse Wrangler at the Medora Riding Stables and an indispensable part of the Medora Division of Gold Seal Company, and later, the Theodore Roosevelt Medora Foundation family.

 

Lyle’s years of service to Medora and TRMF are highlighted by over 2,000 ghost rides in the Medora Musical — a  featured scene he made famous by descending a steep butte on horseback, guided only by a spotlight.

 

After suffering a life-threatening aneurysm in 2010, Lyle dismounted from his Medora Trail Riding horse but his presence in Medora only grew.

 

For guests to town, Lyle was the iconic presence you saw and felt everywhere — whether he was helping the Boy Scouts raise the colors of our nation, trotting through town atop his horse, Chocolate, or greeting families as they stepped off the escalator at the Medora Musical.

 

Today, thousands of people, from all corners of the nation, will forever remember him through personal pictures of their kids, their family, with the one and only, the iconic, Cowboy Lyle Glass.

 

Lyle was also a renowned wildlife photographer and expert on the horses that roam Theodore Roosevelt National Park, previously received a Governor’s Award as the Top Frontline Tourism Employee in North Dakota, and even had a candy store named for him in downtown Medora.

 

Lyle will be missed. We’ll remember him for his warm spirit, gentle ways, 45 years of service to the visitors of the Badlands and his unyielding love for Medora.

 

High-resolution photos of Cowboy Lyle Glass can be found here.

Photos of his photographic work can be seen here.

5 Things You Didn’t Know About Bill Sorensen by Tricia Sorensen

Many of you may think you know everything there is to know about my dad, Bill Sorensen, as he has been doing shows in Medora for the last 42 years. Here are some facts about him that you may not know.

 

  1. He is a Songwriter

Bill has written the lyrics to numerous songs, his friend Joel Gilbertson writes the music and Bill adds the lyrics. He has also written some songs with Jared Mason. Those of you who went to the Medora Christmas Show will already know this fact as some of his songs were featured in last years show.

 

  1. He is the best Valentine’s Day box maker.

On Valentine’s Day our elementary school always had an even where each student would bring in a decorated box to hold all of the Valentines from the other students. The Sorensen girls always had the most elaborate boxes. My favorite was a magic illusion box he made. It was clear on the front so you could see the valentines drop down but they would disappear in the middle and then reappear at the bottom. I got a lot of valentines that year because everyone wanted to figure out how it worked. One of my sisters had computer that used black lights to light up a message on the screen and the valentines went through the floppy disk slot. Some others he made were a puppy dog crate with stuffed animal puppies inside, a robot, and full-sized guitar.

 

  1. He started his hair on fire during a magic show

When he was 20 years old he was juggling torches in one of his shows, when he accidentally started his hair on fire. He burned off some of the hair and his eyebrows. The best part was the audience thought it was part of the act, and he didn’t notice until he started smelling burnt hair.

 

  1. He has dyslexia

As a child my dad struggled with his reading and writing skills. My grandma saved some of his schoolwork where he would write a sentence perfectly and then the next sentence would be 100% backwards. You would never be able to tell now, unless you’ve heard his Reddy Toosevelt speech.

 

  1. His name is a tradition

Bill’s full name is William Hans Sorensen; his dad’s name is Hans William Sorensen; his grandpa’s name is William Hans Sorensen, and his Great Grandpa’s name is Hans William Sorensen. My sisters and I are all happy that he chose not to name one of us Hans.

 

Bull Moose MudRun 2018 – Relive the Fun

The Bull Moose Mudrun ran over, under, and through the North Dakota Badlands on Saturday, June 9, 2018.

Competitors and fun runners of all shapes, sizes, and ages gave their best BULLY spirit on a 5k obstacle course like no other.

Theodore Roosevelt himself enjoyed the competition and encouraged the runners at the start of the race.


And then they were off with the endurance and competitive heats out first. (That means they set out to complete the course quickly and do as many laps as possible in the 3-hour period.)

The first obstacle was crossing the Little Missouri River and the second obstacle was where they got their first look at the Medora Badlands Mud. Where most had the choice of taking the high road or going straight through the muddy water – the majority took the mud head on. See what we mean in this video:

You will probably notice you couldn’t keep the runners from smiling. If they weren’t having fun, you wouldn’t have known! This next video comes at you from the highest point in the Bull Moose MudRun Course. Check it out:

2018 Bull Moose Mudrun Results

Bull Moose Mudrun Endurance Category: As many laps as you can in 3 hours

Females:

  1. Jennifer Grosz     2:23     3 laps
  2. Jessie Binstock    2:02     2 laps

Males:

  1. Josh Smaage      2:51     4 laps
  2. Clay Ross            2:13     3 laps
  3. Jeremy Vidman      2:17      3 laps

Bull Moose Mudrun Competitive Category: 1 lap as fast as you can

Females:

  1. Rachel Crain             48:33.54
  2. Baelee Butts              51:20.55
  3. Kayls Pelton              53:31.82

Males:

  1. Nevada Crimmins          41:35.82
  2. Donny Crain                   41:55.35
  3. Tyler Kuhn                      42:26.29

 

Fun Run Race Results for 191 Females and 84 males are here: Bull Moose Mudrun Results

Get the Badlands Race Series Race Schedule

 

Check out the official race results on https://competitivetiming.com/bull-moose-mud-run-results/ 

Men’s Endurance Category Podium

SEE THE RACE PHOTO ALBUM

Fun Had By All! We’ll see you next year!

 

 

 

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