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It’s a National Park Week

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Come explore North Dakota’s only National Park, Theodore Roosevelt National Park FOR FREE!

Get off the beaten path and get dirty in TRNP for FREE until April 24!

Your kids can become Junior Rangers and the whole family can take guided ranger hikes!

Remember, this year we celebrate the Centennial Celebration of the National Parks System. Get out and explore our Nation’s parks — and start with North Dakota’s only National Park.

Want to create your own TR National Park adventure?

Start by hiking these 5 great trails and snap away at these great photo locations!

11 Incredible Photos of Theodore Roosevelt National Park

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The New York Times recently named Theodore Roosevelt National Park the number 5 place you should visit in 2016. This has got a lot of people talking about the park. But, as anyone who has ever explored TRNP knows, words can’t always do it justice.

So, here are 11 incredible photos of TRNP that do all the talking!

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A young women plots her next course. READ MORE »

Dakota Nights: Second Annual Astronomy Festival to Be Held at Theodore Roosevelt National Park and Historic Medora

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This blog is courtesy of our friends at the Theodore Roosevelt National Park.

The second annual Dakota Nights Astronomy Festival will be held September 19-21, 2014 in the South Unit of Theodore Roosevelt National Park and throughout the City of Historic Medora. Guest speakers include aurora borealis expert Dr. Joe Shaw, Hubble Space Telescope scientist and Mercury mission planner Mark “Indy” Kochte, and Kevin “the Dark Ranger” Poe from Bryce Canyon National Park. Daytime activities include model rocket building and launching, programs inside Dickinson State University’s Discovery Dome, solar viewing, solar system hikes, and hands-on activities. Evening stargazing with a field of telescopes manned by park rangers and astronomers will take place at Peaceful Valley Ranch. The full schedule of events is available for download at www.nps.gov READ MORE »

Theodore Roosevelt National Park named a best kid-friendly attraction by FamilyFun magazine

Theodore Roosevelt National Park named a best kid-friendly attraction by FamilyFun magazine

Theodore Roosevelt National Park was ranked in FamilyFun magazine’s annual listing of best kid-friendly locations and vacation spots in the country. The national park, located in western North Dakota, was named as one of the top 10 national parks and preserves. READ MORE »

Theodore Roosevelt National Park Ranked as one of America’s Ten Best Presidential Attractions

Theodore Roosevelt National Park Ranked as one of America’s Ten Best Presidential Attractions

The marvelous Theodore Roosevelt National Park has finished 5th in Travel Channel’s competition for “Best Presidential Attractions”. With unparalleled beauty, we can see why it ranks so high.
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4 Astonishing Hiking Trails in TRNP You Must Experience.

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If you haven’t heard, North Dakota Tourism came out with some fantastic new ads promoting our great state. One of our favorite’s shows the Theodore Roosevelt National Park in all its majesty. The ad goes on to show many of our favorite land marks and gets everybody here in Medora excited about going on a hike.

The ad also got us thinking, what are some of the must see spots when you go to TRNP? After much debate, here is our top four:

1. The Maltese Cross Cabin
Originally located about seven miles south of Medora in the wooded bottom-lands of the Little Missouri, the Maltese Cross Ranch was one of the places Theodore Roosevelt stayed during his time in North Dakota. Now located at the TRNP South Unit Visitors Center, this is a must-see window into the past, and the President’s time in the Dakota Territory.

2. Wind Canyon
Enjoy hiking this nature trail alongside a wind-sculpted canyon as you climb to the best views of the Little Missouri River. It’s the Park Ranger’s best kept secret for watching sunsets.

3. Buck Hill
Located one mile north of Paddock Creek, Buck Hill is a great vantage point to see wild horses or roaming buffalo. It’s a steep trail, but it’s worth every step.

4. Petrified Forest
Located in the remote northwest corner of the South Unit, this hike takes you through ancient petrified forests and badlands wilderness. The loop includes the North and South Petrified Forest Trails as well as the Maah Daah Hey.

These are just four of the many great hikes TRNP has to offer. If biking is more your style, bicycles are welcome on the paved roads of TRNP, and for the more experienced rider, the Maah Daah Hey trail is an exciting ride. This summer get the family to put down their phones and pick up their feet by coming out to Medora and going on a hike or bike ride through the amazing Badlands.

Oh, here is that video that got everybody excited in the first place!

Cross Country Ski and Snowshoe Trail Update: 1-16-14

Cross Country Ski and Snowshoe Trail Update: 1-16-14

After the unusually mild temps and extremely high winds, our snow packed surfaces have degraded to an almost non-existent amount.  Currently, we can no longer groom them for cross-country skiing until we receive further snowfall. Feel free to still walk or snowshoe the trail system if you want, but exercise caution.  The current conditions could actually damage skis as the jagged ice and intermittent exposed ground are prevalent, so ski at your own discretion.

Ash, Butte, Cedar, Lil Mo, Prairie and Cottonwood are all in very poor condition.

A map of the cross country ski trials can be found on our website.

 

13 Gorgeous Places to Visit Around Medora

13 Gorgeous Places to Visit Around Medora

1. Theodore Roosevelt National Park scenic drive: Surely our 26th President would be proud of his namesake.  He loved the badlands and advocated the protection of our natural wonders.  Come drive a loop in the park, and you’re sure to fall in love with the North Dakota badlands, just as Roosevelt did so long ago.  You’ll be able to step back and imagine the scenes that may have greeted him when he first came, complete with wild horses, buffalo, and prairie dog villages.  Just be sure to drive slowly around the buffalo!

2. Wind Canyon at Sunset: Take a short, ten-minute hike off the loop in Theodore Roosevelt National Park to experience a truly beautiful sunset.  It’s a great way to end a day of fun and adventure in and around Medora. Don’t forget your cameras! The scene is truly breathtaking.

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3. Buck Hill at Sunrise: Early to bed and early to rise, makes a man healthy, wealthy, and wise!  If you’ve been reading your Poor Richard’s Almanack and missed the sunset in Wind Canyon, there is still a beautiful view for you.  Buck Hill is the perfect place to catch a sunrise!

4. Roosevelt’s Elkhorn Ranch is now encompassed by Theodore Roosevelt National Park.  It’s an amazing portion of the park, and surrounded by natural beauty.  Once you drink in the visual aspects of T.R.’s old property, close your eyes and listen to the sounds of nature, free from the noises of modern hustle and bustle.  You won’t be disappointed!

5. We in Medora are proud of the Bully Pulpit Golf Course! It features some of the best golfing in the west and was even ranked one of America’s 100 Greatest Public Golf Courses. The scenery is truly breathtaking – especially for our 3 signature holes: Peaceful Valley, Bully Pulpit, and Perched Rock!

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6. Painted Canyon Overlook: One of the best views of the North Dakota Badlands!  Take a short detour off of the interstate, and you’ll glimpse the buttes, scoria, and natural beauty of the area. You might even see a wild horse or two!

7. The Chateau de Morès: The Marquis and Marquise certainly knew where to build their Chateau. Their view of Medora was unrivaled. Come see Medora from the vantage point of her founder!

8. Medora is surrounded by marvelous buttes, and a good, strenuous hike is just the sort of thing Roosevelt would enjoy. Come hike one of those buttes to get a new perspective on Medora.

9. On your way to the Medora Musical?  Take a right off the path and you’ll get to Medora’s cemetery.  It’s a peaceful resting spot for many Medora residents, and offers another great scenic view for those who visit.  The view from the flagpoles is a sight to behold!

10. Tjaden Terrace Overlook: After or during the Pitchfork Steak Fondue, be sure to take advantage of the view before going to the Medora Musical.

11. There’s no more authentic way to explore the Badlands than on the back of a horse across a primitive trail.  For a truly western experience, come on a guided tour of the badlands on the Medora Riding Stables Trail Rides!

12. Burning Hills Amphitheatre – What better venue to experience the Greatest Show in the West? The Burning Hills Amphitheatre is nestled into the beautiful badlands that captivated the Marquis de Morès and Theodore Roosevelt.  The scenic view lends itself to the Medora Musical, both as a backdrop and as a part of the set.

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13. Come enjoy North Dakota’s State Scenic River, the Little Missouri River! It’s the perfect place to bring a kayak and soak in the sun and a little scenery at the same time.  As Queen of the West Emily Walter would say, “Unpredictable, primitive, and panoramic, the Little Mo passes through all three units of Theodore Roosevelt National Park.  The river characterizes North Dakota’s adventurous spirit, and is a great spot for us to gather awhile!”

 

For more information on Medora:

Visit us at medora.com

or Call 1-800-MEDORA-1 [1-800-633-6721]

 

13 Reasons to Visit Medora!

13 Reasons to Visit Medora!

1. Experience the greatest show in the West: the Medora Musical!  You’re sure to have a toe-tapping time at the Burning Hills Amphitheatre as you enjoy our wide variety of country and western music and the amazing talents of our performers.
2. Where else can you enjoy meat that has been prepared on a pitchfork and accompanied by the greatest side dishes in the west and a great view of the Badlands? Enjoy the Pitchfork Steak Fondue when you visit Medora!
3. It was good enough for Teddy Roosevelt.  And that was before it had indoor plumbing! READ MORE »

Bully Pulpit Golf Course to open on April 27, 2013

Bully Pulpit Golf Course to open on April 27, 2013

Managers say inquiries by golfers from across the U.S. point to another outstanding year.

Medora’s Bully Pulpit Golf Course will open for the 2013 season on April 27.

Casey Moen, Bully Pulpit’s Head Golf Professional, says the course is ready for what could be a record year. Moen says inquiries from across the nation have increased since February when Golf Digest named the course as one of the Top 100 Golf Courses for 2013. The magazine also gave the course a “Best in State” ranking.

“Bully Pulpit was already well-known among serious golfers across the country but the Golf Digest ranking has golfers, who have not yet visited the course, saying they need to experience the course for themselves,” says Moen.

While the recent snow may have delayed the course’s opening, Bully Pulpit Golf Shop manager Kathy Solga says the additional moisture was beneficial and the timing for the season opener is still on target. READ MORE »