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 »
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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.
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 »
Medora is full of exciting adventures. We are highlighting the top 13 things that we think you should explore when you get here!
1. Medora Musical – Yee-Haw! Kick up your heels with us at the Medora Musical, performed nightly at 7:30 p.m. MDT. Click here for more information!
2. Ice Cream – I scream, you scream we all scream for ice cream! Enjoy a delicious cone piled high with creamy Medora-made ice cream! Learn to lick fast though, it goes fast in the Medora heat! Find out more.
3. Bully Pulpit – Spend a day and play at the breathtakingly beautiful Bully Pulpit Golf Course. Ranked one of America’s 100 Greatest Public Golf Courses, you will surely learn to speak softly and carry a big stick! For more information click here.
4. Explore Medora – There are many hidden treasures throughout the charming town of Historic Medora. Find the best Tomato Mac soup in town, enjoy a latte, eat some pizza, take an Old Fashioned Photo or just walk around the quaint streets. Step back from the busy world and enjoy your time here, we are sure that you will adore every minute of it. READ MORE »
July is almost over, and most of us are busy packing as much life and enjoyment as possible into the remaining weeks of summer. It had been a while since I had been through the Theodore Roosevelt National Park; in fact, it had been much too long. I didn’t want to miss the chance to enjoy the park in its summer glory. Even though I only had about an hour and a half to spend there around other items on my schedule, I decided to go for a quick drive through the loop.
I have always felt that TRNP is one of the “best kept secrets” of the national park system. Beautiful, clean, and never crowded, it’s the perfect afternoon drive if you want to clear your mind and fill up your senses. The 36-mile paved loop road winds lazily around hills and past creek beds, under tree branches, sometimes with only a handful of other cars in sight.
Although early mornings and evenings are the best time to try to catch a glimpse of the park wildlife during the heat of summer, I was hoping I’d luck out and stumble across some animals in the afternoon sun. Prairie dogs are a given – you will inevitably spot those little guys popping out of their ground holes, sitting up to assess your vehicle, barking out a greeting to a neighboring dog, and just as quickly darting back down inside.
After enjoying the prairie dog town, I was taken in by colors. Mid-summer is the time of year when grasses start to dry out and add shades of light greens, yellows, and browns to the never-changing scoria reds and cedar greens of the badlands. The view from Wind Canyon was, as always, breathtaking, with occasional clouds threatening sprinkles and adding grays and navies to the summer blue sky.
Some wild horses posed on the horizon from a distance, but not close enough to get a good look. Then I turned a corner around a butte, and was greeted by a buffalo herd roadblock! Mothers with their calves grazed on the grass or rested on their sides. A couple of the furry beasts got in a scuffle and kicked up a little dust in their wake while the others ignored their horseplay.
The oddball in the herd was a lone wild horse, who was busy doing some heel-kicking on its own!
The drive was over before I knew it, but the vivid landscape and surprising wildlife left me wanting more time in the park. Resolved to make it a more regular stop on my summer calendar, I challenge you to do the same as you venture to Medora!
If you ever asked Wade Westin, “What’s new in Medora?” you’d be answered with an enthusiastic listing of attractions, events, and local hang-outs that he was bursting to share. Wade loved Medora and the North Dakota Badlands, and as the Marketing and PR Director of the Theodore Roosevelt Medora Foundation, he was constantly brainstorming for fun and unique experiences that Medora could offer.
A combination of Wade’s interest in running and his love of the majestic Badlands led to the idea for a trail run along the Maah Daah Hey Trail near Medora. Mark Zimmerman, currently the Director of the North Dakota Parks and Recreation Department, remembers talking about the possibilities with Wade when traveling together to various sport and tourism shows in the winter months. At the time, Zimmerman was working as the Outdoor Recreation Specialist for North Dakota Tourism. He loved the idea of promoting the Maah Daah Hey Trail as a place for not only horseback riding, hiking, and biking, but for running as well.
With the help of Wade, Mark, Medora Foundation staff, friends, and volunteers, the first annual Badlands Trail Run took place six years ago in the fall of 2006. Zimmerman remembers, “The first one, we maybe weren’t as prepared as we should have been. By golly, people kept registering and we were very busy handling the crowd. Once the race started, I think one lady veered off the trail and ran down a cow path instead, but everything turned out all right! By the next year we had things organized to run much smoother, and Wade had a great group of volunteers who knew how it worked; it was really a lot of fun.”
Zimmerman points out that the Badlands Trail Run can be challenging to runners used to flatter surfaces. He notes that many of the races in Bismarck-Mandan are held on pavement or well-worn trails, and that the terrain and grade of the trail on the Maah Daah Hey is tougher than a typical 5K/10K race in North Dakota.
In the summer of 2007, a road race was added to Medora’s calendar of events. The “Bully Run”, named after Teddy Roosevelt’s trademark saying, took runners through the streets of Medora and on roads and bike paths on the edge of town. As word of the races spread, the number of participants in each 5K walk/run and 10K run events grew from 70 to 100 to closer to 150. Still small enough to be timed with hand timers and to have organizers shout out last-minute instructions without a mic, the races have a small town feel and a friendly atmosphere.
Wade’s co-worker Ann Riippa soon took on many of the administrative and organizational responsibilities of the races in order to help share Wade’s many responsibilities in the marketing department. A runner as well, Ann felt the races were ideal for runners of all ages and abilities. “The Medora races are all about enjoying being out in the Badlands and having a fun time. It’s a great place for new runners to come out and try their first race.” (This blogger gives a review of their experience with the Badlands Trail Run.) The events have gained a following in the running world, too: the Badlands Trail Run was recently featured in Trail Runners Magazine – click here to read the full 4-page article.
With Wade’s sudden passing in 2009, family, friends, and co-workers were looking for significant ways to honor his caring and adventurous spirit. One clear way to do that was for the Medora Foundation to continue hosting race events, an effort still led by Ann Riippa. The seventh annual Badlands Trail Run is schedule for August 25, 2012. Runners and walkers receive a sweat-wicking t-shirt and buffet lunch ticket as part of registration fees. Register ahead of time to ensure a t-shirt will be available for you the day of the race.
See you on the trail!
If you’ve never been to Medora or haven’t visited in a long time, you may wonder if Medora is just a place for cowboys and musical enthusiasts. Cowboys and music lovers abound—it’s true—and they can be seen daily sauntering through town enjoying the view from the saddle, or reveling in the rhythms of the famous Medora Musical. But for those of you with a wide range of interests, Medora offers a lot to visitors who take the time to explore—more so now than ever before.
A surprising aspect that visitors to Medora are discovering is the artwork to be found throughout town. Some examples of art in Medora are obvious, and others are more subtle. You will discover artwork infused with the flavor of the Old West, along with more modern works inspired by nature that add to the visual interest of Medora.
Enjoy these examples and many more when you are here, and feel free to share your Medora art discoveries with us as you find them! Check out www.medora.com/events for special art shows and feature artist events throughout the spring, summer and fall seasons.
Old Town Hall Theater, 1930s Murals
Guests can catch an entertaining show in the Old Town Hall Theater every day of the week (“A Teddy Roosevelt Salute to Medora” Mondays through Fridays at 4pm, and the “4M Revue” Saturdays and Sundays at 1pm and 4pm).
However, stop in early to take in original murals on the interior walls of the theater. The Old Town Hall was built in 1924, and traveling artist Joe Breckenridge created the murals in 1936. He then returned in 1960 to touch up his work.
Harold Schafer Heritage Center Patio Lawn, Wind Sculptures
A much newer addition to the artistic side of Medora, these wind sculptures were added in the past month. Five unique metal sculptures, hovering like trees above your head, spin and swirl in the North Dakota breeze.
These sculptures were gifted by the John Andrist family of Crosby, North Dakota, and are located at the Harold Schafer Heritage Center Patio Lawn, adjacent to the historic Von Hoffman house lawn.
North Dakota Cowboy Hall of Fame, “Cowboys and Indians: Alive and Well Today” Art Exhibit and Sale
Along with its fascinating permanent exhibits, The North Dakota Cowboy Hall of Fame is currently featuring this traveling exhibit of art.
The gallery pieces speak to the very purpose of the museum: honoring the heritage of Native American, Ranching, and Rodeo culture.
Take in this colorful exhibit, and while you’re visiting the museum, appreciate the artwork on display in the permanent exhibits such as the beaded Native American moccasins shown here, and the bronze pieces adorning the outside of the building by North Dakota sculptor Arnie Addicott.
I had to look twice – no, that’s not a longhorn grazing on the lawn of a local merchant’s business, it is in fact a usable grill!
This creative cooker and a colorful herd of mini-horses add to the color and fun you will experience walking the streets of Medora.
Lyle K. Glass Photography
You’ll find his work displayed in frames and as greeting cards in various locations throughout Medora. And if you’d like to get a shot of Lyle himself (and maybe even an autograph!), you’ll likely find him outside the Badlands Pizza Parlor in downtown Medora.
Theodore’s Dining Room, stained glass windows
When the Rough Riders Hotel Dining room was refurbished and renamed Theodore’s Dining Room in 2009, the interior underwent a total transformation. One of the beautiful additions to the dining room is a set of identical stained glass windows, placed back to back and looking out onto the dining room on one side, and TR’s Tavern on the other.
The windows were gifted by Jim and Joanne Kack, who purchased the pieces from a Minnesota stained glass collector in the mid 1980s. The glass was thought to have originated from the Church of the Redeemer Episcopal Church in Superior, Wisconsin, which opened in January 1892. Two similar pieces given by the Kacks are also displayed above the front desk of the adjacent Rough Riders Hotel in Medora.
July in Medora, ND
The month of July marks the middle of the summer. If you haven’t made it out to Medora yet, now is a great time! If you already have, come visit us again as there is so much more to do and see! You deserve it! Check out what’s coming up in July:
Medora Musical Variety Act #2 – George Casey, July 1 – July 28
The Medora Musical performs nightly through September 8 this year and we’re quickly approaching the opening night of Variety Act #2 of 4. Don’t miss BreakSk8’s final performance on June 30. Back by popular demand, George Casey returns to the Medora Musical. He was born in a remote seaside village on Ireland’s west coast that is legendary for its storytelling. Growing up in a large family, he saw humor everywhere and honed his skills as a comic at the expense of his brothers and sisters. In 1970, George immigrated to the U.S., earned his citizenship and now calls Branson, Mo., home. Some of the acts George has opened for and toured with include Rosemary Clooney, The Osmond Brothers, Ray Price, Three Dog Night, Brooklyn Bridge, Donald O’Connor and Bobby Vinton. He has performed at Caesar’s Palace, The Sahara, and The Riviera Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas; and for corporations including McDonald’s, Hasbro, AT&T, Lucent Technology and Panasonic.
Family Fun Center – New in 2012!
Summer is heating up making it the perfect time to check out the Medora Family Fun Center, brand new in 2012. The Family Fun Center is one of many new attractions this summer as a result of feedback from our many patrons. The Family Fun Center features a rock climbing wall, dual bungee jumpers, and is crowned by “the world’s largest inflatable water slide!” The Family Fun Center is exciting entertainment for the entire family… that includes you, parents! Let that child inside come out and play! We promise not to tell! Admission to the Family Fun Center a very reasonable $8/person for an unlimited two-day pass.
Independence Day 2012 – July 1 & 4
Independence Day is a special time of celebration for many and Medora is no exception! Since July 4th is on a Wednesday, we’re celebrating twice! Fun, family parades held at 3:30 p.m. MDT through the streets of downtown Medora on July 1 and 4. Out-of-town entries are welcome! After the patriotic Medora Musical on July 4th the crowd makes their way downtown to enjoy a spectacular fireworks performance fired from the buttes on the east end of town.
Medora’s Veteran’s Day – July 8
All Veterans and their families are invited to a special day in Medora as we honor their service to our Country. Veterans will receive a FREE Medora Musical ticket and a FREE ticket to the “Adolph Burkhardt Concert.” Tickets to the famous Pitchfork Steak Fondue, along with ALL tickets for spouses and family members must be purchased in advance.
We are requesting all veterans to wear their service caps to honor their branch of service. Please call 1-800-Medora-1 in advance to make reservations. A block of rooms is set aside for Veterans Day at the Badlands Motel and the Bunkhouse Motel. Just ask for the Veteran’s block when calling for reservations. If you make reservations for the Badlands Motel, the Bunkhouse, or the Rough Riders Hotel.
Fossil Dig – July 23 – 29
A 60-million-year-old fossil site containing crocodile, champsosaur (crocodile-like animal), turtle, fish, and other fossils is being excavated in the beautiful and rugged badlands near Medora, North Dakota. The North Dakota Geological Survey and Theodore Roosevelt Medora Foundation will co-sponsor a scientific, professionally conducted, fossil excavation at that site in July 2012. Public participation is invited; open to anyone 12 years or older. There will be three Family Dig days available, from July 27 – 29th (open to anyone 6 years or older, with adult supervision).
Package is $145 per day per person and includes:
- Sack lunch
- Transportation between Medora and dig site
- Bottled water
- Souvenir with 2012 logo
Enjoy outdoor adventure in the North Dakota Badlands. Reserve lodging, Medora Musical tickets, Pitchfork Steak Fondue tickets & more. Call 1-800-Medora-1.
*Preregistration is required. Payment is due at time of registration. Limited to 8 people per day. Participants ages 12-17 must be accompanied by a paying adult. Registration ends July 1. Moderate hiking required. Rain or shine.
The O-Mazing Joey O! July 13 – July 28
This trick golfer and inspiration speaker will be performing at the Tjaden Terrace during the Pitchfork Steak Fondue starting at 7 p.m. MDT.
Book your trip today!
For tickets and lodging reservations or more information call 1-800-Medora-1
See you in Medora!
June 11, 2012
For more information contact:
Theodore Roosevelt Medora Foundation
35th annual Classic Car Show slated for June 23 in Medora
Medora, N.D. – More than 100 antique and classic cars will be displayed June 23 in Medora when the Dakota Western Auto Club cruises into town to host its 35th annual Classic Car Show. This year’s special exhibit car is a 1932 Packard Dietrich convertible, which has been a Pebble Beach first place winner.
The cars will be displayed on the east end of Medora by the Badlands Motel. The show is from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.MDT, with a parade at 4:30 p.m. MDT.
First, second and third place trophies will be awarded for more than 20 categories based upon car and truck year, make and model, as well as oldest car and Pioneer Award.
Prior to the car show on Saturday, there will be activities on Friday, June 22, in the Medora Community Center. A slide show, starting at 7:30 p.m. MDT, will highlight rare cars featured in the Medora Antique Classic Car Show since 1978. This will be followed by a reception and music by the Friday Night Gang.
The public is invited to attend all events on June 22 and 23.
For more information or to register a car for the show, go to www.medora.com.
Medora is located at the entrance to the South Unit of Theodore Roosevelt National Park. As North Dakota’s #1 vacation destination, Medora offers family entertainment in an Old West atmosphere
Theodore Roosevelt National Park
Eileen Andes, 701-623-4466
Date: June 5, 2012
Theodore Roosevelt National Park to Offer Free Admission
Get a head start on your summer fun with free admission to Theodore Roosevelt National Park on Saturday, June 9. In celebration of National Get Outdoors Day, all 397 national park units, including Theodore Roosevelt National Park, will waive entrance fees.
“Outdoor physical activity is an essential part of a healthy lifestyle and Theodore Roosevelt National Park is a great place to get out and enjoy hiking and other outdoor activities,” said Superintendent Valerie Naylor.
Theodore Roosevelt National Park will offer a variety of ranger led programs throughout the day.
National Get Outdoors Day, now in its fifth year, encourages Americans, especially youth, to participate in outdoor activities while enjoying the beauty of public lands such as national parks, forests, and wildlife refuges. Hundreds of organizations and businesses throughout the country will partner with federal, state, and local agencies to provide fun and healthy events at sites throughout the country.
President Barack Obama has proclaimed the month of June as Great Outdoors Month and encourages all Americans to share in the natural splendor which belongs to all of us.
Theodore Roosevelt National Park will waive its $10 entrance fee on four more days in 2012: September 29 (National Public Lands Day) and November 10 through 12 (Veterans Day weekend).
If you are planning a trip that includes multiple national parks, you might consider the $80 annual pass that provides entrance to all national parks, national wildlife refuges, national forests, and many other Federal lands – more than 2,000 in all. This “America the Beautiful National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Pass” is also offered free to all active duty military members and their dependents. Information on these and other pass options is available the park’s website at www.nps.gov. Theodore Roosevelt National Park also offers an annual pass for $20.
2012 Medora Musical Opens Friday!
The day that we prepare for and eagerly anticipate is just a few days away! Opening night of the Medora Musical and Pitchfork Steak Fondue not only marks the beginning of an exciting season for us, but also the start of many new adventures and life changing experiences in Medora. The beauty of the North Dakota Badlands, historical landmarks, and fun family attractions continue to captivate folks from across the region, nation, and even the world!
The Medora Musical performs nightly at 8:30 p.m. MDT debuting this Friday, June 8. This year’s show will feature catchy songs, high energy choreography, beautiful sets, and fantastic guest variety acts. Eight brand new Burning Hills Singers join our host, the Queen of the West, Emily Walter and our live band, the Coal Diggers! The Medora Musical showcases the talent of the Burning Hills Singers while remaining true to the founding principles set forth by Harold Schafer: horses, singing, dancing, world-class variety acts, gospel, patriotism and much more in a family show!
BreakSk8 – June 8 – June 30, 2012
In 1964, Harold Schafer contracted with Al Sheehan of Minneapolis to create a show for his newly acquired amphitheater. Harold asked Al to identify variety acts to include in the show that the folks from North Dakota would not have to travel far from home to see. World-class variety acts right in our own backyard! Continuing with that tradition we are kicking off the 2012 season with a variety act that you won’t want to miss!
Breaksk8, a Hip Hop dance crew on roller skates from Kokomo, Indiana, has been featured on several TV shows including NBC’s “America’s Got Talent,” MTV’s “America’s Best Dance Crew,” and Disney’s hit show “Shake it Up.” Since the group formed in 2001, Breaksk8 has amazed audiences around the globe with their unique style of entertainment on wheels. Most recently Breaksk8 was featured on the Hunan Satellite Network, which was viewed by more than 500 million people in mainland China.
Bully Expedition – Sunday, June 10, 2012
Education is an important part of our mission and we have a lot to give! Theodore Roosevelt, the Marquis and Marquise de Mores, and North Dakota’s own Harold Schafer provide volumes of rich history in Medora and the Badlands. Bully Expedition offers a unique opportunity to intertwine fun and learning (shh don’t tell your kids!)
With the $5 Registration Fee, each 4th Grader will receive…
Complimentary Medora Musical ticket
Complimentary Family Fun Center admission
Medora Vacation Journal
Bully Fun Pass
To register your 4th grader today just print our registration form to mail back, or call 1-800-Medora-1 and ask for Group Sales. The registration form lists a deadline of June 1st, but we will take day-of registrations.
Bully Pulpit Golf Course – Open now!
Some courses impose themselves on the landscape. The Bully Pulpit Golf Course, surrounded by the dramatic North Dakota Badlands, conforms to the surrounding terrain. Some holes play in meadows and woodlands, while others follow the meandering Little Missouri River. Holes fourteen through seventeen are built into the rugged Badlands.
Located three miles south of Medora on East River Road, this 18-hole course features five tees, ranging in length from a comfortable 4,750 total yards from the forward tees to a challenging 7,166 at the tips. Plus, you can warm up your swing on the driving range.
If you’re not yet convinced that you need to make Medora and the Medora Musical a part of your June plans, here are some more things to entice you:
- June 9: Bully Run
- June 9 – 10: North Dakota Cowboy Hall of Fame Winchester Weekend
- June 14: Flag Day and All Horse Parade, Marquis de Mores Birthday Celebration,Lillestrom Accordion Orchestra at the Chuckwagon Patio
- June 16: Paint the Town Art Show
- June 17: Father’s Day Johnny Holm Band Performance Downtown Medora
- June 22: North Dakota Cowboy Hall of Fame Patio Dinner and Dance
- June 22 – 23: Medora’s Antique Classic Car Show
- June 23: North Dakota Cowboy Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony
- June 30: Dakota Air: The Radio Show Live Performance in Medora
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