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Medora’s Fall and Winter events

October 27 – 28: Second Annual Medora’s Wild West Fright Fest

Hay rides, trick or treating, and a haunted house will be waiting for guests in Medora. Dinner, haunted house tickets, and lodging packages are available at

November 17: Wine and Dine – A Theodore’s Dining Room Event

Featuring special guest Sommelier, Dominuque Juliani, this exclusive, Italian themed event at Theodore’s Dining Room and the Historic Rough Riders Hotel gives guests the chance to experience wine and food native to Italy in the unmatched setting of the Badlands.

Experience and lodging packages are available at


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.


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 »

Word of the Day: bully pulpit

“Bully pulpit” comes from the 26th U.S. President, Theodore Roosevelt, who observed that the White House was a bully pulpit. For Roosevelt, “bully” was an adjective meaning “excellent” or “first-rate” — not the noun “bully” (“a blustering browbeating person”) that’s so common today. Roosevelt understood the modern presidency’s power of persuasion and recognized that it gave the incumbent the opportunity to exhort, instruct, or inspire. He took full advantage of his bully pulpit, speaking out about the danger of monopolies, the nation’s growing role as a world power, and other issues important to him. Since the 1970s, “bully pulpit” has been used as a term for an office — especially a political office — that provides one with the opportunity to share one’s views. –

Santa is at the Rough Riders Hotel

Santa is at the Rough Riders Hotel

Santa is in the Badlands this year in Medora!

That’s right, Santa is calling the Rough Rider Hotel his headquarters this Holiday season in Medora.  Come visit us for pictures with Santa, Christmas story reading, and sipping hot chocolate or cider. Spend the weekend and watch Santa give a present to someone on the top of your gift list.

There will be a professional photographer on site to help you get your pictures and Christmas cards ready for the holidays.

Santa will be in Medora on the following dates and times:
Dec. 3rd – 5th, Dec. 10th – 12th and Dec. 17th – 19th

  • Fridays   3 – 5:30 p.m. and 6 – 8:00 p.m.
  • Saturdays  10 a.m. – 1 p.m., 2 p.m. – 5 p.m. & 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.
  • Sundays 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Don’t forget that Santa will be here for Medora’s 15th Annual Old Fashioned Cowboy Christmas, Friday, December 3rd, and Saturday, December 4th.

Singer/Songwriter Jessie Veeder will join Santa and perform in Theodore’s Dining Room.
WatfordCity’s own Jessie Veeder will be performing in Theodore’s Dining room.  Stop in for a warm meal by the fireplace while relaxing to the North Dakota homegrown sound of Jessie.  Don’t be surprised if Jessie and Santa get together for a sing-along Christmas song or two!  Jessie’s performances are:
Dec. 4th, 6 – 8 p.m. in conjunction with Medora’s 15th Annual Old Fashioned Cowboy Christmas.  Call or visit our website for performance dates.

Medora’s gift cards…. Your Christmas gift that gives all year!

Make the joy of gift giving easy this year with a Medora gift card.  With several attractive designs and dollar amounts to choose from, you’ll have the perfect gift for loved ones. Medora gift cards are the ultimate stocking stuffer that will give the Medora experience of golf, the musical, food, lodging and more all year long!
Call us or visit us online at to purchase your gift cards and choose from four different designs!