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Gun Slingers and Horses: Cowboy Mounted Shooters take Medora by Storm

Gun Slingers and Horses: Cowboy Mounted Shooters take Medora by Storm

It was an action packed weekend in Medora! Our annual car show brought out gear heads from across the state and the weather was perfect for trips to the Musical and Theodore Roosevelt National Park.

However, the event that stole the show this weekend was the Cowboy Mounted Shooting Competition. Words can’t describe how unique and awesome this event was, so we will let this video do the talking.

Go for a ride with Bailey Elkins below, who had the fastest run of that stage!

 

Learn more about ND Cowboy Mounted Shooting.

Rootin’ Tootin’ Cowboy Shootin’ Fun!

Rootin’ Tootin’ Cowboy Shootin’ Fun!

Cowboy Mounted Shooting returns to Medora!

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This action packed family fun event involves cowboys and cowgirls of all ages riding their horses full speed while shooting at balloon targets. The event will take place June 21 and 22 at the rodeo grounds on the East end of town with FREE ADMISSION.  Competition will start at 9:30 and continue until all riders have shot their 4 runs.   Don’t worry, they shoot special black powder blanks with a range of about 20 feet. READ MORE »

4 Astonishing Hiking Trails in TRNP You Must Experience.

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.

 

Cross Country Ski and Snowshoe Trail Update: 1-10-14

Cross Country Ski and Snowshoe Trail Update: 1-10-14

 

Most of the trails are good to fair. The staff is continue to work on maintenance and grooming to make the trails enjoyable for you. Your best ski and snowshoe experience would be found toward the northern end of the trail system. The trail conditions as of 1-10-14 are as follows: READ MORE »

Cross Country Ski and Snowshoe Trail Update: 12-26-13

Cross Country Ski and Snowshoe Trail Update: 12-26-13

New snow came on the 19th! The Bully Pulpit Trails and the Medora area received 5 inches of new soft snow. While the snow fell, we were hard at work in the cat packing the base for a smooth trail; the additional snow that fell during the day made for some very good conditions on the trail system. All trails were groomed the morning of the 20th, and the updates have been made to the conditions signage at the trailhead.

Where snow conditions were poor, they have now improved to fair for skiers and snowshoers. The Cottonwood and Lil Mo trail are in fair condition with some vegetation poking through the base, but very navigable. The other four trails – Cedar, Butte, Ash, and Prairie – are all in good condition and ready for you to enjoy.

Enjoy the new snow and the rest of the holiday season! We’ll see you on the trail.

Resources:

See the trail map.

See a full list of Medora business holiday hours here.

The full trail descriptions are found in this previous blog.

The winter badlands are waiting for you.

The winter badlands are waiting for you.

 

2013 Cross Country Ski and Snowshoe Trails Now Open at the Bully Pulpit Golf Course

2013 Cross Country Ski and Snowshoe Trails Now Open at the Bully Pulpit Golf Course

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.  READ MORE »

Park Entrance Fees Waived for Veterans Day Weekend

To commemorate Veterans Day, the National Park Service is offering free admission at all park units Saturday, November 9 through Monday, November 11.  Entrance fees will be waived at Theodore Roosevelt National Park, giving visitors one last fee-free opportunity to enjoy spectacular badlands scenery before winter.

“It is important to remember our veterans, including Colonel Theodore Roosevelt, and what they have done for our country,” said Superintendent Valerie Naylor.  “Spending a single day or an entire weekend enjoying our national parks is a wonderful way to honor our veterans and celebrate our national heritage.”

The North and South Unit Visitor Centers will be open for business.  The South Unit Visitor Center will be open 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. MST and the North Unit Visitor Center will be open 9:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. CST.

The other two national park units in North Dakota – Fort Union Trading Post National Historic Site near Williston and Knife River Indian Villages National Historic Site near Stanton – are among the more than 200 national parks that never charge entrance fees.

Information on all 401 national park units is available at www.nps.gov.

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.

2013 Burning Hills Singers

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]

 

Medora Nightlife

Medora Nightlife

Medora is a swingin’ town.  During the day, you can go on trail rides and buggy rides, visit the museums, or enjoy the Family Fun Center. You can hike, go mini golfing, or enjoy the different day shows.  One would think that things slow down toward the evening; but the fun really kicks up in Medora when the sky starts to dim. READ MORE »