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Surprised by Art in Medora

Surprised by Art in Medora

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

Breckenridge Mural, Old Town Hall, Medora, ND

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).

Breckenridge Mural, Old Town Hall Theater, Medora, ND

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.

 

Downtown merchants

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

“Cowboy Lyle” may wear boots and a cowboy hat, but he’s a photographer at heart.  Lyle’s photography features wildlife and scenery from the North Dakota Badlands.

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.

 

 

 

Golf entertainer Joey O to perform in Medora July 13-28, 2012

NEWS
July 3, 2012

For more information contact:
Dylan Edwards
Theodore Roosevelt Medora Foundation
dedwards@medora.com
800-633-6721 ext. 8812 

Golf entertainer Joey O to perform in Medora July 13-28

Medora, N.D. – Acrobat golf comedian Joey O will perform nightly in Medora July 13-28. His performances will start at 7 p.m. MST at the Tjaden Terrace during the Pitchfork Steak Fondue. Cost is free, and performances are open to all.

An acrobat with masterful motor skills and an entertainer with motivating words of encouragement and self-belief, Joey O will amaze and inspire audiences young and old. For more than two decades, this motor-skill genius has made people smile and laugh worldwide, performing with Bob Hope at the Bob Hope Classic to the Hawaiian Open and as far away as the Hiroshima Open in Japan, as well as appearing with Tiger Woods on the Tonight Show.

“Joey O will entertain and inspire audiences with his fantastic golf acrobatic skills and motivational messages,” said Randy Hatzenbuhler, president of the Theodore Roosevelt Medora Foundation. “We hope the golfers in the crowd will be moved to practice their game at the nearby Bully Pulpit Golf Course.”

More information about Joey O and his performances at Medora can be found at: www.joeyogolf.com and www.medora.com/events/?Joey-O-performs-at-the-Tjaden-Terrace.

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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.

For more information about Medora and the Medora Musical, visit: www.medora.com. For more information about Theodore Roosevelt National Park: www.nps.gov/thro/index.htm

July in Medora!

July 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

George CaseyThe 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!

Family Fun Center SlideSummer 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

American Flags at the 2012 Medora MusicalIndependence 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

Woman excavating a fossil in Medora.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).

Fossil in plaster awaiting transport.Package is $145 per day per person and includes:

  • Dig
  • Breakfast
  • 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!

Comedian George Casey performs July 1-28 at Medora Musical

NEWS
June 25, 2012

For more information contact:
Suzanne Wentz
Marketing Director
Theodore Roosevelt Medora Foundation
SuzanneW@medora.com
701-223-4800 

Comedian George Casey performs July 1-28 at Medora Musical

Medora, N.D. – Back by popular demand, comedian George Casey will return to the Medora Musical July 1-28.

For more than 30 years, Casey has been entertaining audiences all over the U.S. with his self-deprecating humor and clean jokes and stories. Casey 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.

Casey has opened for and toured with acts like Rosemary Clooney, The Osmond Brothers, Ray Price, Three Dog Night, Brooklyn Bridge, Donald O’Connor and Bobby Vinton.  He also 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.

More information about Casey can be found at www.georgecasey.com.

The Medora Musical is a professionally-produced, high energy, Western style revue set in the Burning Hills Amphitheatre in the North Dakota Badlands. It features nightly performances at 8:30 p.m. MT through September 8.

Tickets to the Medora Musical can be purchased now by calling 1-800-MEDORA-1 or online at www.medora.com. Also available online are vacation and golf packages, and Bully Pulpit Golf Course information. Hotel reservations can be made by calling 1-800-MEDORA-1.

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Medora’s early July events offer a patriotic salute

Medora’s early July events offer a patriotic salute

NEWS
June 19, 2012

For more information contact:
Suzanne Wentz
Marketing Director
Theodore Roosevelt Medora Foundation
SuzanneW@medora.com
Office: 701-223-4800
Cell: 701-471-3335

Medora’s early July events offer a patriotic salute

Medora, N.D. – Two events in early July offer a patriotic salute to our country’s independence and those who have fought to maintain our freedom.

July 1 and 4

Independence Day Celebration

Celebrate the Fourth of July Medora style. Line up along Medora’s Main Street to watch the Independence Day parades, starting at 3:30 p.m. daily July 1 and 4. Following the Medora Musical performance on July 1 and 4, fireworks will light up the sky with an amazing display of vibrant colors, patterns and presentations. The professional fireworks show is conducted by RES Specialty Pyrotechnics, an international award-winning pyrotechnics company.

July 8

19th annual Veterans Day in Medora

All veterans and their families are invited to a special day in Medora to honor their service to our country. As a token of appreciation, all veterans will receive a free ticket to the Medora Musical and the Adolph Burkhardt Country Western Concert. The day-long recognition event features activities like an ice cream social, flag retiring ceremony and a special presentation before the nightly performance of the Medora Musical. Veterans are asked to wear their service caps to honor their branch of service.

More information about both events can be found at www.medora.com.

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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.

For more information about Medora, visit: www.medora.com. For more information about Theodore Roosevelt National Park: www.nps.gov/thro/index.htm

Active military receive discount for Medora Musical tickets

Active military receive discount for Medora Musical tickets

NEWS
For immediate release

June 15, 2012

For more information contact:
Suzanne Wentz
Marketing Director
Theodore Roosevelt Medora Foundation
SuzanneW@medora.com
701-223-4800

 

Active military receive discount for Medora Musical tickets 

Medora, N.D. – The Theodore Roosevelt Medora Foundation honors the service of all active military personnel, along with their spouses and dependent children, by offering a 50% discount on their tickets to the Medora Musical.

The Medora Musical is a professionally produced, high energy, Western style revue set in the Burning Hills Amphitheater in the North Dakota Badlands. It features an array of music, fireworks, horses and nationally known variety acts. Performances are held nightly at 8:30 p.m. MST June 8 through September 8.

“Our military does so much for us on a daily basis, and this is our way of honoring their service and saying thank you,” said Randy Hatzenbuhler, president of the Theodore Roosevelt Medora Foundation.

Hatzenbuhler notes that the Medora Musical cast once again has a military connection. Emily Walter, who serves as this year’s host, was the lead vocalist and Sergeant with the U.S. Air Force Strategic Air Command Band in the Gulf War.

To receive the active military discount, call 1-800-633-6721 and indicate military status. Military ID must be presented when picking up the tickets. For more information about the Medora Musical and other activities, go to www.medora.com.

The variety acts performing during the 2012 Medora Musical season include:

June 8 – June 30

Breaksk8, Hip Hop roller skating dancing crew

Breaksk8, a Hip Hop dance crew on roller skates from Kokomo, Ind., 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.

July 1 – 28

George Casey, comedian

George Casey returns to the Medora Musical by popular demand. 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.

July 29 – August 18

Etta May, character comedian

To put it simply, when Etta May takes the stage, she is the reigning Queen of Southern Sass and will take you on a ride through the Deep South. Born and raised in Bald Knob, Ark., Etta May grew up alongside nine older brothers. “That’s where my comedy comes from. I just wait for my husband or kids to do something stupid, and then I write it down.”

As the winner of the prestigious American Comedy Awards’ “Stand-Up Comic of the Year,” Etta May is a regular on the syndicated Bob & Tom radio show and on XM and Sirius Radio’s comedy channels. Her television appearances include Oprah, Comic Strip Live, MTV and as a guest commentator on “CBS Sunday Morning.” But that’s not all, Etta May headlines the most successful all female “Southern Fried Chicks Tour,” selling out theatres all over the country. She’s also a headline comic on CMT’s “CMT Comedy Stage,” which is the second highest rated show in CMT history. Etta May also was the subject and first female comic ever on the biography show, “Comedy Club.” She joins the elite comedy company of Ron White, Larry the Cable Guy and Jeff Foxworthy, who are also featured in this series.

August 19 – September 8

Sammy Cortino, illusionist

Taking magic back to its basics in its purest, up-to-date form, mystique runs through Sammy Cortino’s blood. His title in magic, “Magic’s Royal Duke,” can be traced to his 15th century Sicilian royal lineage. With Siegfried and Roy and Lance Burton endorsing his International Brotherhood of Magicians membership, the illusionist is giving audiences the essence of magic: inspiration to follow their dreams. Sammy focuses on the people who make magic possible: the audience.

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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.

For more information about Medora, visit: www.medora.com.

For more information about Theodore Roosevelt National Park: www.nps.gov/thro/index.htm

35th Annual Classic Car Show – June 23

35th Annual Classic Car Show – June 23

NEWS
June 11, 2012

For more information contact:
Suzanne Wentz
Marketing Director
Theodore Roosevelt Medora Foundation
SuzanneW@medora.com
Office: 701-223-4800
Cell: 701-471-3335

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.

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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

For more information about Medora, visit: www.medora.com. For more information about Theodore Roosevelt National Park: www.nps.gov/thro/index.htm

BreakSk8 Hip Hop Dance Crew First Variety Act at Medora Musical

BreakSk8 Hip Hop Dance Crew First Variety Act at Medora Musical

NEWS
June 8, 2012

For more information contact:
Suzanne Wentz
Marketing Director
Theodore Roosevelt Medora Foundation
SuzanneW@medora.com
Office: 701-223-4800
Cell: 701-471-3335

Break Sk8 hip hop dance crew first variety act at Medora Musical

Medora, N.D. – The Medora Musical will have a hip hop flair when Break Sk8, a nationally known breakdancing group on roller skates, takes to the stage as the first featured variety act. The hip hop dance crew on wheels will perform nightly at the Medora Musical June 8 – 30.

BreakSk8, from Kokomo, Ind., 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.

The Medora Musical is a professionally-produced, high energy, Western style revue set in the Burning Hills Amphitheatre in the North Dakota Badlands. It kicks off June 8 and features nightly performances at 8:30 p.m. MT through September 8.

Tickets to the Medora Musical can be purchased now by calling 1-800-MEDORA-1 or online at www.medora.com. Also available online are vacation and golf packages, and Bully Pulpit Golf Course information. Hotel reservations can be made by calling 1-800-MEDORA-1.

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Medora’s Von Hoffman Dedication June 16

Medora’s Von Hoffman Dedication June 16

NEWS
June 7, 2012

For more information contact:
Suzanne Wentz
Marketing Director
Theodore Roosevelt Medora Foundation
SuzanneW@medora.com
Office: 701-223-4800
Cell: 701-471-3335

 

Medora’s Von Hoffmann House dedication scheduled for June 16

The historic home was restored to showcase historical significance

Medora, N.D. – The Von Hoffmann House in Medora, formerly the home of the Medora Doll House, has been restored and will be dedicated on Saturday, June 16.

The Theodore Roosevelt Medora Foundation recently restored the Von Hoffmann House to showcase its historical significance, and it now features a collection of original furniture and period furnishings. In addition, it features a display of the Ferris family’s correspondence with their friend, Theodore Roosevelt. This project was part of the Foundation’s historic preservation and restoration initiative.

The historic house was built by Medora Vallambrosa’s parents, the Baron and Mrs. Von Hoffmann in 1884 and is featured on the National Registry of Historic Places.

The dedication will take place in the back yard of the Von Hoffmann House at 1 p.m. MDT on June 16.

The Von Hoffmann House dedication ceremony will also include the dedication of the Founder’s Park, the Wall of Honor and the Elaine Andrist Garden. The Founder’s Park honors the individuals who were instrumental in Medora’s history and early beginnings including Harold Schafer, Theodore Roosevelt, Marquis de Mores, and the various donors to the Theodore Roosevelt Medora Foundation.

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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.

For more information about Medora, visit: www.medora.com. For more information about Theodore Roosevelt National Park: www.nps.gov/thro/index.htm

Theodore Roosevelt National Park to Offer Free Admission

Theodore Roosevelt National Park

News Release
Immediate Release

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.

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