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Theodore Roosevelt Presidential Library: A Legacy for Today to Create a New Tomorrow
Roosevelt’s Most Glorious Heritage
Dine, Shop, Play, Stay, Tour & Meet
Just For Kids Medora History: Chateau de Morès
Explore Medora’s Interactive History
Did You Know? Theodore Roosevelt National Park is the only National Park named after a person. The legacy of Theodore Roosevelt is found across the country. There are six national park sites dedicated, in part or whole, to our conservationist president.
How I Fell in Love With North Dakota
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Hello, and welcome to Medora, North Dakota. Got the Badlands fever? We know you want to travel—we do, too! In fact, 63% of Americans feel like they desperately need a vacation and 84% of American workers are excited to plan their vacation in the next six months. We couldn’t agree more and we invite you to visit Medora, when you’re ready. If you are planning a trip to Medora this year or in the coming years, we hope you’ll enjoy reading this guide as you plan ahead or when you arrive, from features like Musically Medora to visitor listings of where to shop and dine, or play and stay, this guide is your first stop to a memorable experience in Medora! Whether you’re visiting as a family, hosting a meeting, reserving rooms for your destination wedding, or exploring all of our attractions—thank you for considering Medora as your choice destination. Maria Miller, MPPA Executive Director, Medora Convention & Visitors Bureau
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Annual events by month May Spring into Summer Wine Walk Join Medora Uncork’d on a wine walk around Medora visiting participating businesses to sample wines. Proceeds benefit local organizations and nonprofits. For more information visit medorauncorkd.wine North Dakota Cowboy Hall of Fame PREMIERE This is an annual celebration of the opening of a new season. New exhibits are unveiled in the Center of Western Heritage & Cultures, and staff announces the most recent class of North Dakota Cowboy Hall of Fame inductees. Supper is offered. Open to the public. Tickets available online in weeks preceding the event. For more information visit northdakotacowboy.com
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February Romance in Medora Escape to Medora for a romantic weekend getaway this Valentine’s. You’ll be treated to an intimate dining experience in the unmatched setting of the Badlands. Champagne, a romantic setting, great dinner, a delectable dessert, and an evening at the historic Rough Riders Hotel. This is a limited event! For more information, visit Medora.com or call 701.623.4444. North Dakota Cowboy Hall of Fame Annual Meeting Each year celebrates another year of rewarding work to preserve western heritage and culture. A weekend-long event that takes care of the business of the Hall, before gathering on Saturday night for an amazing night together for a semi-formal event including a social hour, delicious meal, marquee level entertainment, live and silent auctions, and more. Some annual meeting events, including Saturday night, are open to the public. Advance ticketing is available online in the weeks preceding the event at Northdakotacowboy.com. Winter Crafting Retreat A weekend for relaxation, finishing your latest projects and devotions with other craft-loving people! Avoid the cold spend time inside sipping coffee and sewing, scrapbooking, knitting, and more. All crafters are welcome. Enjoy great meals and a relaxing massage while you stay! Room assignments are determined on a first-come basis, so register early. Crafting retreats are also offered in the spring and fall, along with crafting classes several times a year. For more information, visit badlandsministries.org. Ranchorama Arena Club Winter Appreciation Party Join the Ranchorama Arena Club for live music, food and fun at the Little Missouri Saloon in Medora! For more information, follow them on Facebook @ranchoramaarenaclub.
March Annual North Dakota Wine Festival The wine industry in the Dakotas and Eastern Montana has grown over the last several years! Wines produced by those wineries will be showcased. For more information, visit northdakotawinefest.com.
April Annual Harry Roberts Memorial Easter Egg Hunt Head to Chimney Park and hunt thousands of eggs hidden among the ruins of the abattoir! This event is for kids 12 y/o and under, four age categories. Find a golden egg and win a great prize! Call ahead for more details about this hunt and our spectrum-friendly opportunities. 701.623.4355 National Park Week Every April, join Theodore Roosevelt National Park along with the National Park Foundation, the official charity of America’s national parks, to celebrate America’s treasures. National Park Week is a time to explore amazing places, discover stories of history and culture, help out, and find your park. There will also be special theme days during the week to highlight the different ways everyone can enjoy national parks. Whether catching up on this year or looking ahead to next year, join us on social media, check out each day’s theme, find in-person and virtual events, or stay caught up on news. For more information visit nps.gov.
Bluegrass & BBQ Festival The Medora Convention & Visitors Bureau invites you to participate in the Annual BBQ & Bluegrass Festival. The Festival connects music and food with Medora’s rich history. It’s a wonderful event to enjoy with friends and family to experience some of the culture of the badlands. For more information visit MedoraND.com or call 701.623.4830. North Dakota Cowboy Poetry Gathering Some 50 cowboy poets gather together every year at the Medora Community Center to keep the tradition of cowboy poetry alive. Musical entertainment and an art show add to the festivities. For more information follow their Facebook Page @DakotaCowboyPoetryGathering. This event is open to the public. Badlands Gravel Battle Rip through the Badlands during this high-paced gravel grinder! The Badlands Gravel Battle grinds across 120 miles and rolls over 8,000 ft. of elevation gain on the fast and rugged red scoria roads of the Badlands of Western North Dakota. Racers can choose from 120, 77, and 39-mile race options. For start times, registration details, a course map, and everything else you need to have the best race of your life, head to experienceland.org. History Alive! This event is held every weekend Memorial Day–Labor Day. Multiple performance times, call ahead for details. Hear eyewitness accounts of adventures experienced by Medora’s founding family and their friends! Join us on the porch of the Chateau as local actors bring history alive every weekend this summer. All performances are free. Donations encouraged. 701.623.4355. Wagon Rides Every weekend Memorial Day–Labor Day, prices vary each season. Hop aboard our wagon for a horse-drawn adventure through the pristine bottomlands of the Chateau de Morès. Rides begin and end at the Interpretive Center parking lot. Route follows part of the original road from the town of Medora to the Chateau, and winds through trees and grasses virtually untouched since 1886. 701.623.4355.
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June Opening Week of the Teddy Roosevelt Show The world’s best Theodore Roosevelt repriser brings America’s legendary 26th President to life in this vivid and rousing presentation! The Teddy Roosevelt Show is all that a living history experience should be! For more information visit medora.com or call 701.623.4444. Bull Moose Mud Run The Bull Moose Mudrun is a Badlands obstacle course run inspired by Teddy Roosevelt’s daily routine, that he designed because he thought Americans were “getting too soft!” The rules were simple: the President would pick two points, Point A and Point B, and no matter what was in the way he would challenge himself, and whoever he could get to join him, to go over, under or through any obstacle that was in the way! If that sounds like fun to you then this is YOUR race! For registration details and everything else you need to visit experienceland.org. Medora Musical—Opening Weekend! The “Greatest Show in the West” and Pitchfork Steak Fondue open! The Medora Musical is the rootin’-tootinest, boot-scootinest show in all the Midwest. There’s no other show quite like it. It’s an ode to patriotism, Theodore Roosevelt, and the Great American West! For more information and tickets visit medora.com or call 701.623.4444. Medora Summer Entertainment Each summer season you can expect to find a wide variety of entertainment across Medora. Some entertainment and activities could include concerts, magic shows, variety acts, children’s productions and guided hiking and walking tours. Whether you are coming to Medora for the first time or back again, you can be sure there will be something for everyone in your group or family to enjoy! Visit www.medora.com for a full calendar of summer events and activities. In addition, local bars such as Boots Bar & Grill, The Little Missouri Saloon and Medora Uncork’d offer live music throughout the summer! TRNHA’s Annual Birdwalk in Theodore Roosevelt National Park Join bird enthusiasts of all ages and experience as you stroll through Cottonwood Campground identifying bird species. For more information, please visit trnha.org.
Badlands Ranch Rodeo Series 2 person teams. Can enter on multiple teams with different partners. All participants must be at least 18. $100 per team, cap at 35 teams. The first event is 2 steers turned out, rope and load one, head & heel and mark other. The second event is 2 steers turned out, tie down both steers. Top 10 ten teams come back for Short Go. Series continues for one day in July, one day in August and with finals in September. For more information call 701.590.4349 or 218.316.1044.
Badland Ministries Night Life (6th-8th grade) Come be a part of this unforgettable Badlands Ministries tradition! This program includes all of the great activities of a week at camp except that you sleep by day and play by night.You’ll earn more about God and each other through the new high ropes course, late-night Bible studies, night hikes, campfires, and glow in the dark games. Watching the sunrise in the badlands is an amazing sight. Come see it for yourself! Night Life also occurs in July. For more information visit badlandsministries.org or call 701.623.4332.
All Horse Flag Day Parade Medora Chamber of Commerce sponsors this popular parade that winds through downtown Medora and features only horses or horses pulling wagons or buggies and is always held on Flag Day. For additional information call 701 623-4378 or visit medorandchamber.com.
Classic Car Show Featuring cars from the past. 100+ years of all makes and models will be on display in the Badlands Motel lot, right off of Pacific Avenue. Admission is FREE. If you’d like to show a car, email email@example.com for information on how to do so.
Theodore & Edith: A Conversation with the Roosevelts Theodore and Edith tell you the tales of their life in this living history presentation! Typically runs mid-June through mid-August. For more information visit medora.com or call 701.623.4444.
Badlands 24 Hour Race | Run | Bike The best “BAD DAY” ever! Experience 24 hours of the kind of beauty and challenge that one can ONLY find in the North Dakota Badlands! Log as many miles as you can handle on the RAW and RUGGED badlands single track trails that make up the terribly amazing BAD24HR racecourse. For more information and to register visit experienceland.org.
North Dakota Cowboy Hall of Fame Induction The most important event in the mission of the North Dakota Cowboy Hall of Fame (NDCHF). The annual induction ceremony celebrates the latest class of NDCHF Inductees, with a meal, entertainment and notable guest speakers. Friday night supper at the NDCHF with advance ticketing online at northdakotacowboy.com. Admission to the Induction Ceremony, Saturday, at Tjaden Terrace is free and open to the public. Opening Week of the Medora Gospel Brunch This toe-tappin’ gospel revue will give you a gorgeous gospel glow and have you humming all day long! Whether you grew up with gospel music or you just want to hear some great music and a good gospel origin story, the Gospel Brunch is made for you. Typically runs mid-June through mid-September. For more information visit medora.com or call 701.623.4444. Badlands Ministries Summer Camp Programs Sign-up for Discovery (2nd-3rd grade), Explorers (3rd-4th grade), Roughriders (5th-6th grade) or Staff in Training (10th-12th grade) camps! Discovery camp (also occurs in July) is a 3 day, 2 night program that is great for younger campers who are excited to learn more about God, meet new friends, and enjoy many fun-filled camp activities. Explorer camp is a full week of hiking, crafts, games, campfires, worship and so much more! Roughriders Camp gives your camper the opportunity to enjoy rustic life in the great outdoors while still participating in all the experiences of onsite programming.Youth will camp in teepees, cook meals over a fire, learn about the plants and animals in our area, go hiking, stargazing, and so much more! Staff Training (also occurs in July) is for those that hope to be a counselor some day. This program gives you the opportunity to work alongside staff to share your experience with younger campers. For more information and to register for a camp visit badlandsministries.org or call 701.623.4332. Badlands Ministries Golf Scramble Grab your friends and form a team in the annual golf scramble held at Bully Pulpit Golf Course! Sponsors and teams are invited to be a part of this event; one of Badlands Ministries’ biggest fundraisers. Scramble begins with a shotgun start at 1:00 PM. Golfers are invited to supper at the camp afterwards. For more information visit badlandsministries.org or call 701.623.4332.
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July Medora Wish Kids FREE Week The Theodore Roosevelt Medora Foundation alongside the generous “Wish Wranglers” of the Medora WISH Endowment, are delighted to announce Kids FREE Week in Medora, when kids age 17 and under get in absolutely FREE to select, favorite attractions! For a list of attractions, showtimes and more information visit medora.com. Independence Weekend and 4th of July Celebration Celebrate the birthday of our great nation in the most magical place in North Dakota! Fourth of July events include a parade commencing on the East end of town and finishing back in that same spot. All floats are welcome. Late in the evening, enjoy a professionally produced fireworks show that will light up the Badlands. The fireworks will be shot from the west side of the Little Missouri River, near the Medora Campground. The best viewing area for guests will be at Medora’s Chimney Park. Spectators can set up lawn chairs, blankets, etc. in the park on the East side of the river. *Fireworks show happening is dependent on burn conditions. Military Appreciation in Medora Celebrate veterans and armed forces on this special day. Veterans and active-duty service members get into the Medora Musical FREE, enjoy a Keg social in the afternoon and will be treated to something special to kick-off the night’s show! When you hear the entire amphitheatre sing the National Anthem at the start of the show, you’ll understand why this is one of the best nights to see the Medora Musical! For more information visit www.medora.com or call 701.623.4444. Save the MDH BIG PUSH Each year, Save the MDH volunteers complete an incredible amount of hard labor, digging, mowing, string-trimming and pruning more than 100 miles of singletrack on the Maah Daah Hey trail system. #SAVEtheMDH volunteers have partnered with the USFS and spent over 8,000 volunteer man-hours transforming the trail into a world-class destination.Volunteers will be out on the trail for 10 days getting the trail into the best condition we can! Sign up to host, cook, string trim, mow, or do dirt work... there is something for everyone! For more information visit www.experienceland.org.
Badlands Chautauqua—Gathering of TRs Living History—Teddy-style! When double digits of Theodore Roosevelt reprisers converge on his beloved cowtown— AND a variety of historical characters from Medora and TR’s past join them—you’re sure to hear some of the most enthralling stories of our 26th President, the American West, and more! Visit www.medora.com or call 701.623.4444. National Day of the Cowboy Celebration Recognizing the pioneering men and women, known as cowboys and cowgirls, who helped establish America’s frontiers. Join the NDCHF to celebrate with music, cowboy poetry and other events. Admission is free. Open to the public.Visit Northdakotacowboy.com. Pioneers Camp at Badlands Ministries A full week of camp in the Badlands for 4th through 6th graders. This camp is packed with all the “must haves:” hiking, great Bible studies, swimming, creative crafts, fun games, campfires, exploring nature, and singing songs. Camp also occurs in August. For more information visit badlandsministries.org or call 701.623.4332. Badlands Ministries Golf Camp (6th -12th Grade) Named one of the “World’s Best Golf Destinations” by Golf Odyssey©, the Bully Pulpit Golf Course is located less than a mile from Badlands Ministries. During this week, you will work with camp counselors and Bully Pulpit golf pros to learn the basics of the sport while also enjoying all the activities of a full week at camp. All skill levels are welcome, please bring your own clubs. For more information visit www.badlandsministries.org or call 701.623.4332. MDH Trail Run 5K/10K—Half and Full Marathons—54, 79 & 106 Miles Experience the unique challenge of running on North Dakota’s awe inspiring Maah Daah Hey trail. This event will give every participant an experience they will remember for the rest of their lives. The Badlands provide a truly stunning backdrop for one of North America’s most challenging and rewarding stretches of trail. Registration, starting locations and elevation gain can be found at ExperienceLand.com. Teddy Bear Picnic Join in and explore nature at this fun filled event in Theodore Roosevelt National Park. Learn more at: www.trnha.org.
August MDH100 Bike Race Series The Maah Daah Hey 100 race course takes you across one of the most majestic single-track adventures in the world, with miles of uninterrupted trail through the heart of the rugged Badlands. Make no mistake, this event will push competitive riders to their limits while giving every participant an experience they will remember for the rest of their lives.Visit www.experienceland.org for more information. Annual Home on the Range Champions Ride Saddle Bronc The Saddle Bronc Match is a premiere event in the area that features twenty of the top professional cowboys mounted on some of pro rodeo’s toughest stock from contractors in the United States and Canada. Champion’s Ride Rodeo is an affordable quality entertainment event for all ages. All proceeds from the event go to support the children that call Home On The Range home. To get tickets, call 701.872.3745. Ranchorama Days—NDRA Rodeo The NDRA Badlands Rodeo rides in Medora! Don’t miss Medora’s great summer rodeo experience! Head out to Medora for 2 Days of Western Rodeo fun at Ranchorama Rodeo Days! Follow @ranchoramaarenaclub on Facebook for more information.
National Park Services Birthday Celebrate the National Park Service’s birthday on August 25th! Entrance fees are waived for the special day. The National Park Service was created on August 25, 1916, when President Woodrow Wilson signed the National Park Service Act.Visit www.nps.gov for more information. Public Christ Hike August 11th Event is FREE to the public! You are invited to witness the Passion of Jesus Christ as portrayed by the summer staff. This moving event is an annual tradition you won’t want to miss! Begins at the porch of the Dining Hall at 8:00 PM. All ages are welcome to attend. Visit badlandsministries.org or call 701.623.4332.
Harvest Festival at Badlands Ministries Bring the whole family out to carve pumpkins, play carnival games, enjoy a hay ride, & so much more! Event is FREE to the public! For more information visit badlandsministries.org or call 701.623.4332. Chateau Macabre Halloween weekend, times vary. “Are you brave enough to climb aboard a wagon for a historically scary ride through the bottomlands?” Includes risky encounters, ghost stories, and a surprise experience in the Cottonwood grove, all hidden on the Marquis’ original ranch. Family friendly. Donations for hungry horses encouraged. 701.623.4355.
North Dakota Cowboy Hall of Fame Golf Scramble Our Golf Scramble fundraising event is a highlight event of our summer season. 18 teams, 18 holes. Shotgun start gets things underway for a fun-filled day at Bully Pulpit Golf Course in Medora, followed by awards, social and light grub at the NDCHF’s Alvin Nelson Memorial Arena Patio. Registration fills quickly. Call 701.623.2000 for information.
Medora Chamber of Commerce Hunter’s Feed Join the Medora Chamber of Commerce at the Medora Community Center for a night of sharing hunting stories, good food and great prizes. For more information visit medorandchamber.com.
Wade Westin Music Festival This Music Fest features cast and band members of the Medora Musical. The festival pays tribute to the life of former Burning Hills Singer and previous host of the Medora Musical, Wade Westin. Donations will be accepted and will go to the Home on the Range.Visit medora.com or call 701.623.4444. Medora Hot Air Balloon Rally and Kite Fest Closing weekend of the Medora Musical is also Medora’s Annual Hot Air Balloon Rally and Kite Flying! Come out and see the balloons soar high above the Badlands and try your hand at flying a kite! Visitmedora.com or call 701.623.4444. MDH150 Introducing Legendary LAND’s most epic race yet, the MDH BUCK50. No excuses, no cop-outs, no whining, no doubt about it; YOU are 100% responsible for YOU at this race from training and preparation, to crossing the finish line of one of the largest and most brutal continuous single-track races in the world. This is one of the largest endurance racing accomplishments an athlete can aspire to complete. 1-, 2-, 3-, and 6-day adventures are offered for tackling this beast.Visit experienceland.org for more information. National Public Lands Day Held annually on the fourth Saturday in September, National Public Lands Day is traditionally the nation’s largest single-day volunteer effort. It celebrates the connection between people and green space in their community, inspires environmental stewardship, and encourages use of open space for education, recreation, and health benefits. Entrance fees are waived for the special day. Visit nps.gov for more information. Mother Daughter Tea Party Hey, Moms! Bring your daughters out to the camp for an afternoon of faith & fun! Bring your best tea party attire or find a gem in our costume closet. This event is geared towards daughters between ages 5 & 12. Badlands Ministries 41st Annual Fall Event This will be held at Badlands Ministries! Come for worship, enjoy lunch, and stay for the silent and live auction to support our ministry.
October Beer & Bacon Event Come out & enjoy samples of craft beer & bacon from various businesses in Medora! Proceeds donated to local charities.
December Medora’s Annual Old Fashioned Cowboy Christmas Join the Medora Chamber of Commerce for a Cowboy Christmas celebration–shopping, dance, entertainment, Eats on the Streets, Live Music, Cowboy Poetry & lots more! Fun for the whole family! For more information visit medorandchamber.com. Annual Chateau Gingerbread Competition First weekend of December. Grab some icing, your wildest ideas, and oven mitts to enter our annual gingerbread competition! Anyone 5 years and older is invited to make a gingerbread creation and enter to win amazing prizes sponsored by local Medora businesses. Not a baker? Vote for your favorite! 701.623.4355. Cowboy Christmas Crafts First weekend of December. Free. Kids of all ages are invited to make their very own Victorian Christmas ornaments and try their hand at historical games at the Chateau. All supplies are provided. Hot chocolate and coffee available to keep the creative ideas flowing. Donations encouraged. 701.623.4355. Camp Christmas at Badlands Ministries Join in for celebrating the true reason for the season, the birth of our lord and savior Jesus Christ! This annual event will feature music offered by church choirs and music ensembles from the area as well as a merry hymn sing! Enjoy refreshments, fellowship, and a festive photo booth. Event is FREE to the public! Bold St. Nick’s Fatbike & Snowshoe Event Be bold, and brave the cold at the annual Winter Fatbike Race in the North Dakota Badlands. “Naughty” and “Nice” classes let you race a course that winds across the snowcovered Maah Daah Hey trail, over the Little Missouri River, and into downtown Medora for as many laps as you can get in during 1- or 4-hour rides. Plus, hot cocoa, kids activities, hayrides, a Roast Beast Dinner that would make the Grinch jealous, and snuggly packages at the Rough Riders Hotel make this a one-of-a-kind weekend. Learn more and register for the coolest winter race around by visiting experienceland.org. Uncork’d New Years’ Eve Bash and Brunch Join Medora Uncork’d for food, drinks, entertainment and a champagne toast to ring in the new year! For more information visit medorauncorkd.wine.
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JUST FOR KIDS!
Wild West Fun in Medora
Family fun thrives in Medora! Explore Point to Point Park with Little Bully Pulpit Mini Golf, The Manitou Zipline, Pancratz Hiking Trails, Cowboy Hall of Fame and so much more! There are plenty of familyfriendly attractions, activities, and events in town. Before you get here, we’ve created this fun activity to build ideas for your upcoming visit.
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French Nobility & THE Wild West
Meet at the Chateau
Standing on the crest of a butte just a few paces west of town is the Chateau de Morès, a hunting cabin built by a French marquis and founder of the City of Medora, Antoine de Vallombrosa. Step away from the urban clamor of downtown and immediately enter another world. The Chateau boasts family-friendly adventures, world-class exhibits, and frontage trails through bottomlands that lead guests through original ranch holdings along the Little Missouri River. As every vacationer soon discovers, it takes only a short walk to be surrounded by the delights of French noble culture and the spirit of the Wild West. While Medora is now the region’s primary tourism corridor, 150 years ago the streets were dirt, horses brought locals to the military cantonment camp, and the Northern Pacific was still laying ties for the TransContinental Railroad. The catalyst that brought the development of Medora was the arrival of the Marquis de Morès in 1884. At only 24 years old, the French nobleman arrived determined to change the face of the Dakota cattle industry and become “the richest financier in the world.” Just six months after he stepped off his private rail car, the Marquis had built his 26-room cabin, his abattoir (slaughterhouse), purchased hundreds of acres of rich lands, and been accused of murder. Nothing beats the Chateau de Morès State 10 | medorand.com
Historic Site for sheer diversity of history and affordable family fun. A small fee gives you access to each exhibit in the Interpretive Center and all 26 rooms of the rustic yet elegant hunting cabin. French artwork, Asian decor, English china, and American-made furniture dominate the rooms of the Chateau. Watercolors of local vistas created by Madame de Morès adorn white pine walls covered by brightly colored wallpaper that sports original designs. In spring, the site becomes a birder’s delight when hundreds of feathered friends make the Cottonwood grove their home. Looking for a great way to kick off the season? Locals and guests alike are invited to participate in springtime events at the Chateau, including the Annual Easter Egg Hunt in Chimney Park, a site tradition since 1941! Summer at the Chateau is a burst of energy. Guests can climb aboard a covered wagon and ride through pristine bottomlands beside the Little Missouri River, and return in time to experience a free performance on the porch. Local actors portray major characters, including the Marquis and Madame, multiple times each weekend on the porch. Admission to the Chateau is not required to enjoy these free programs. As the leaves turn yellow and autumn descends on the Badlands, drop by to watch as the team cleans and covers each room of the Chateau, take a brisk walk to the newly-restored stables and outbuildings. Then warm up in the Interpretive Center and
browse the gift shop. When winter finally does arrive, pull out your blueprints and enter the site’s Annual Gingerbread House Competition! Don’t forget to visit Chimney Park to complete your trip to the Chateau. Standing only five feet shorter than the ship that took Neil Armstrong to the moon, the park’s namesake rises above the town of Medora, a testament to the Marquis’ dream. Check out the short interpretive trail around the ruins, enjoy lunch at one of the many shaded picnic tables (the park is the only picnic spot in town), and let your pups stretch their legs on a jaunt around the spacious fields. At dusk, be sure to quietly view the numerous deer who come out to graze among the ruins. The park is also a safe place to leave your car and walk just a few paces to downtown. The Marquis and Madame (Medora) dreamed big, and their fingerprints are visible all over town. The Marquis built and financed several businesses in town, and Madame independently funded the creation of both DeMores School and St. Mary’s Catholic Church, the oldest continuously operating church in the Bismarck diocese. All of this enables
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modern tourists to enjoy the bounty of the Badlands. Join the more than 60,000 people who annually visit the Chateau. Keep in mind that our hours change seasonally, so be sure to check out our Facebook page and website for more information. When you do arrive on site, our veteran staff is well-informed and ready to help you discover the exciting life of the Chateau and the Marquis de Morès. For more information,call 701.623.4355 or visit history.nd.gov/historicsites/chateau.
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Explore Medora’s Interactive History Tour Walk through pivotal moments in our city’s history and listen to tales of the past. Using the Otocast app, the tour offers a brief summary of 36 significant sites and attractions across our historic city. It includes then-and-now photos, dynamic audio narratives, and a convenient map to navigate between sites. There’s even a social feature so you can share with others! Download this FREE app now and transport yourself into Medora’s rich and storied past.
A bird’s eye view of 19th-century Medora, exact date unknown. The Von Hoffman House is in the lower right quadrant. Built by Medora Vallambrosa’s (the wife of the Marquis) parents, the Baron and Mrs. Von Hoffman, this restored home includes a collection of original furniture and period furnishings. Photograph compliments of the State Historical Society of North Dakota.
When Roosevelt arrived in Medora for the first time, he was twenty-four years old. He was in Medora for twelve days before he paid Sylvane Ferris, Joe Ferris’s brother, and Bill Merrifield $14,000 to purchase the Maltese Cross, which you can still visit today.
Visit 10, Win a Prize! Play to Win! Now you can explore Medora’s history and win a prize. It’s fun and easy to play along. 1. Download the Otocast App on Google Play or the App Store.
2. Select the Medora Interactive History Tour. 3. Click the cowboy hat on the map (upper left corner) and complete the instructions.
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By Medora Slattern
“I’ve got spurs that jingle, jangle, jingle...” Summer in Medora means that music is in the air. If you are a country music fan or simply a live music junkie, then Medora is the place for you. The best way to catch the music in Medora is to simply perk up your ears and take a listen. Chances are you will find something catchy. There is no doubt about it, the Medora Musical is the premiere country musical this side of the Little Dipper. Grab your seat and your popcorn because this live action, star studded, chair dancing show will delight the entire family. The Medora Musical is a tribute to Theodore Roosevelt and North Dakota, full of dancing, story telling, music, history and the Wild West. 16 | medorand.com
Need some tunes and toe-tapping in the evening? Live bands can be heard at various bars and restaurants around town. You won’t be disappointed in what you hear (or taste!) at Boots Bar and Grill, The Little Missouri Saloon, or Uncork’d. Don’t be surprised if you find yourself on the dance floor! If you are looking for outdoor music in the sun or the shade, you’ll find it coming from the Andrist stage (behind the Von Hoffmann House) and at the Town Square “Patio Sets.” Various artists take to these stages with a wide range of hits that are sure to please kids and adults and everyone in between. Each summer various artists such as Tom Brosseau spend the summer in Medora performing. Tom’s radio show live from Medora can’t be missed. Tom’s laid back, pleasant vocal stylings and whimsical story
telling on the Great American Folk Show can be heard on Prairie Public. A must see spirit-lifting show in Medora is the Medora Gospel Brunch. Fill up with delicious food while filling your soul with delightful music. This hour-long show is located in the Town Square Showhall. If you are lucky enough to find yourself in Medora in May, you will certainly enjoy the Bluegrass and BBQ festival. Live music, finger-licking-good food, and a family friendly atmosphere—it doesn’t get much better than that! Need an extra dose of Medora music? There are multiple playlists on Spotify with previous Medora Musical soundtracks and country favorites. If it wasn’t perfect enough already, the cruise along I-94 just got even more exciting!
Waddington Brothers Band at the Bluegrass & BBQ Festival
Inside the Harold Schafer Heritage Center 335 4TH STREET MEDORA, NORTH DAKOTA TheCapitalGallery.com Gene Veeder, With Forrie Smith and Jessie Veeder Scofield preform live at the ND Cowboy Hall of Fame Premiere. Photo credit: Janel Johnson.
How I Fell In Love With North DakotA A LOVE LETTER FROM SARA BROERS
It was five years ago that I was introduced to the legendary state of North Dakota. I trekked across I-94, and at every stop along the way, people would ask, “Are you going to Medora?” I knew that Medora was a magical place, but I had no idea how magical it was until I exited I-94 to head into town. This Iowa farm girl had traveled through North Dakota but never explored this state until now, 49 years later. On my first visit, I fell in love with the people and the outdoor experiences surrounding the town. Theodore Roosevelt National Park is the best national park for families with kids. Visitors to the park will see wildlife and not hear the words, “When will we see animals?” You will see bison, horses, prairie dogs, and deer while visiting the national park. Burgers, pizza, homemade fried pickles, nachos, cinnamon rolls, blueberry meatball pizza, specialty coffee, and pineapple beer are popular food items that are served in restaurants in Medora. On several of my visits, I have purchased to-go meals and taken them to the picnic area in Theodore Roosevelt National Park. Each time, it has been a memorable dining experience. This is the only national park that I have visited where the bison have roamed nearby while picnicking. The shops in town are fun to explore, and they all offer something different. Take home a wind chime, cowboy boots, camping gear, or become a walking advertisement for Medora by purchasing a t-shirt that showcases the town. Bully Pulpit is one of the most majestic golf courses that I have ever golfed. And keep in mind, I am a 20 | medorand.com
novice golfer. The 18 holes offer rugged, scenic views that you will not find anywhere else in the Badlands of North Dakota. Hop on a horse at the Medora Stables and take a trail ride with a guide. It’s a fun way to see the Badlands with an incredible overlook of the town of Medora. I have stayed in several properties in Medora and also camped in the Medora Campground. Each property offers a clean and quiet place to stay for the night. Everything in the town is walkable, and parking is free. The Medora Musical, America’s longest-running outdoor musical, is a short two-minute drive from town. Little did I know that on my first visit in 2016, I would return several times to visit. I have now visited Medora in May, June, July, August, and October. I want to see Medora in the winter, as I have noticed that the national park is beautiful with winter experiences If you have never found a town that you would like to visit over and over, Medora may be it. I look forward to a return visit, as the town is calling my name. The beauty of the national park and sitting on a bench along the main drag on Pacific Avenue in Medora, are two of my favorite ways to spend any day of the year.
Theodore Roosevelt Presidential Library:
A Legacy for Today to Create a New Tomorrow Theodore Roosevelt died—unexpectedly—on January 6, 1919, and the nation awoke, stunned by the news that such a vigorous, larger-than-life figure was gone at the age of 60. Memorials were planned, associations formed, historic homes preserved, and yet Theodore Roosevelt does not have a presidential library. We intend to change that. The question is: Why? The world needs Theodore Roosevelt—now more than ever. The lessons of his life, even 100 years later, have never felt more relevant: Leadership, Citizenship, Conservation. With those principles in mind, we want to create a museum of the future for one of the most iconic American figures in our collective memory; we want to create a legacy for today to create a new tomorrow. T.R.’s library should be the people’s library, not a box in the Badlands with artifacts under glass; like T.R.’s life, this library must be an experience. We are building a presidential library in the 2020s, not the 1920s, that will last in perpetuity. We can embrace immersive storytelling and new technologies, and build a first-of-its-kind digital library for an analog president. This museum can be a platform for embracing civic dialogue, thoughtful debate, and inspiration from around the globe. So, the next question: Why North Dakota? My answer as a North Dakotan is simple: The Badlands are the fulcrum of the hero’s journey in T.R.’s incredible life story. In the jagged hills and impossible buttes of a broken land, a broken man found resilience and first lived what he would later call “the strenuous life.”
Beyond celebrating Roosevelt’s deep personal connection with Medora and the Badlands, this will be the first presidential library attached to a national park. The proximity of the park to the library pairs two key Roosevelt philosophies: love for the outdoor life and love of learning. The park honors the “cradle of conservation,” where the seeds were planted for future presidential action protecting the natural world. The library has selected Snøhetta as the design architect, and JLG as the local architect, to create an awe-inspiring, architecturally significant destination in the Badlands that works with, not against, nature. This is a sacred space of healing, and we succeed only if we preserve the solitude, harmony, and balance that first attracted Theodore Roosevelt to this unusual and special place. T.R. himself read history to find a map for what lay ahead, and this library aims to do the same—inspiring the future rather than safeguarding the past. This is no dusty archive; it is a living library that focuses not on what we can learn about Roosevelt, but what we can learn from him. In every other library, the president is the hero. In this one, the guest is the hero. Here, visitors will be inspired to become the author of their own adventure story. Therefore, it is with gratitude that we welcome you to get “in the arena” and follow our path toward opening in Medora in 2025. We invite you to follow us on social media, check out trlibrary.com to view our progress to date, and sign up for our newsletter to receive the latest updates.
This is no dusty archive; it is a living library that focuses not on what we can learn about Roosevelt, but what we can learn from him.
Edward F. O’Keefe Chief Executive Officer Theodore Roosevelt Presidential Library
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Roosevelt’s Most Glorious Heritage
“We have fallen heirs to the most glorious heritage a people ever received, and each one must do his part if we wish to show that the nation is worthy of its good fortune.” —Theodore Roosevelt
by Jordan Campbell While Theodore Roosevelt is well-known for his lasting contributions to environmental conservation in the United States, it wasn’t until 1978—almost 100 years after the establishment of the first national park, and nearly 70 after his presidency—that an entire park would finally be dedicated solely to him. Theodore Roosevelt National Park is the United States’ 39th national park and encompasses more than 70,000 acres of Badlands landscape in western North Dakota. Roosevelt would first visit the region in 1883 for a buffalo hunting trip, and the experience would forever shape the future of our nation’s conservation efforts. A mere five months later, after both his wife and mother died the same day, he would return to “his home ranch” seeking solitude. In his book Hunting Trips of a Ranchman, he writes, “My home ranch-house stands on the river brink. From the low, long veranda, shaded by leafy cotton-woods, one looks across sand bars and shallows to a strip of meadowland, behind which rises a line of sheer cliffs and grassy plateaus. This veranda is a pleasant place in the summer evenings when a cool breeze stirs along the river and blows in the faces of the tired men, who loll back in their rocking-chairs (what true American does not enjoy a rocking-chair?), book in hand—though they do not often read the books, but rock gently to and for, gazing sleepily out at the weirdlooking buttes opposite, until their sharp outlines grow indistinct and purple in the after-glow of the sunset.” The park is separated into three units, each with their own special offerings for visitors. Drive the South Unit’s 36-mile scenic loop and observe the rich and bountiful wildlife. Drive the North Unit’s 14-mile byway and take in the colorful Badlands landscape. Or, drive an unpaved road and set off on a short hike to visit Roosevelt’s very own Elkhorn Ranch, the third park unit. Any number of front- and backcountry hiking options exist throughout the park, and wildlife—including bison, 24 | medorand.com
pronghorn, bighorn sheep, and wild horses—is prevalent. Stop off at the Painted Canyon Visitors Center, Prairie Dog Town, or the Oxbow Overlook for even more enticing opportunities to appreciate the natural beauty the park offers. Go camping, bicycling, fishing, horseback riding, crosscountry skiing, or snowshoeing. Children can become junior park rangers—online or in-person—and engage in a variety of lesson plans specific to Theodore Roosevelt National Park. There’s also a complete Research Center available for students on the park website. Join the Theodore Roosevelt Nature & History Association’s annual bird walk in June or attend one of their teddy bear picnics. While the park offers three different campgrounds for overnight stays, the picturesque town of Medora—located just outside the South Unit—is another viable option for visitors to the area. Filled with history, shopping, restaurants, and an abundance of musical entertainment options, this little town packs a punch and offers a little something for everyone. The park is open year-round, 24 hours a day, but please be sure to check the Theodore Roosevelt National Park’s official website for the most up-to-date information on park openings, closures, restrictions, and alerts. Purchase a digital park pass online or pay your park fee in person upon entry. Please note that the North and South Units operate on Central and Mountain time, respectively. Dogs are not permitted on the trails within the park, but may be walked along roadsides, in picnic areas, and campgrounds as long as they’re leashed. Free backcountry camping permits are available and special use permits for weddings, memorializations, and/or commercial filming and photography may be obtained. Whatever endless activities you choose to do with your magical time in Theodore Roosevelt National Park, remember—above all—to leave no trace. And become part of the legacy.
Badlands Shooting Gallery Step into the wild Wild West with this old-time saloon shooting gallery! Channel your inner Billy the Kid and take aim at this family-friendly attraction—located right around the corner from the Old Town Hall Theater. medora.com 340 3rd St. | 701.623.4444 Billings County Courthouse Museum The museum features a restored pioneer days courtroom and jail, a collection of military and western firearms and other ranching artifacts! billingscountynd.gov 475 4th St. | 701.623.4829 Bully Pulpit Golf Course Escape to one of America’s Top 100 Public Golf Courses—Bully Pulpit is chiseled right out of the North Dakota Badlands in a site unlike any in the world. A round here is one you won’t soon forget. medora.com 3731 Bible Camp Rd. | 701.623.4653 Capital Gallery West Located within the Harold Schafer Heritage Center, The Capital Gallery West showcases original fine art with an emphasis on western Americana. Gift shop and demonstrating artists. thecapitalgallery.com 335 4th St. | 701.751.1698 Carriage Rides Enjoy a 30-minute horse-drawn tour of Medora Wed through Sat from 10 AM to 5 PM in the summer months. Guests will be introduced to Medora’s rich history! Located just East of the Cowboy Hall of Fame. Stop by and grab your seat on the carriage today! Corner of 3rd & Main | 314.799.2191 Chateau de Morès State Historic Site Located just a few paces SW of town is the home of the Marquis de Morès, a French nobleman determined to make his fortune on the banks of the Little Missouri River. Learn how murder and mayhem marked his arrival. Explore his 26-room Chateau and relax in our Interpretive Center. history.nd.gov 3426 Chateau Rd | 701.623.4355 Chimney Park Situated on the west edge of Medora, the site once contained the plant, a slaughterhouse, ice houses, outbuildings, a railroad spur track, and a corral.The building burned in 1907, leaving the tall, native clay brick chimney standing. A picnic area is located next to the plant. history.nd.gov Pacific Ave.| 701.623.4355 Dakota Cyclery The only full service bike shop in the heart of the Badlands! Offers, sales, shuttles, guided rides and repairs on all bikes.Whether you need a wheel trued on your coast-to-coast bike tour, a brake bleed on your XC bike or simply air in your tires, they can fix you up! 365 Main St. | 701.623.4808 De Morès Memorial Park Located in downtown Medora, the park has a bronze statue of the Marquis de Morès donated in 1926 by his sons. The statue is surrounded by a flagstone courtyard, the result of a 1938 WPA project. history.nd.gov De Morès Park, Main St. | 701. 623.4355 Gospel Brunch Start with a beautiful array of your brunch favorites then take in a refreshed gospel celebration with a full band, gospel quartet, and an inspiring interlude message. medora.com 250 3rd Ave. | 701.623.4444
Harold Schafer Heritage Center Explore the life and times of North Dakota’s most legendary businessman in this immersive museum. Learn more about the man who grew a national company known for Mr. Bubble, who LOVED Theodore Roosevelt; and who saved modern Medora! medora.com 335 4th St. | 701.623.4444 Maah Daah Hey Trail This 150-mile trail traverses the Badlands, Little Missouri National Grasslands, private land and the North and South Units of the Theodore Roosevelt National Park. Come ride some of the best single-track in the world! You can also experience the trail through the Badlands Race Series! mdhta.com (Maah Daah Hey Trail Association) experienceland.org (Badlands Race Series) Medora City Pool The pool offers swimming lessons, as well as daily open swimming during the summer season.The pool is reasonably priced and located in the beautiful Badlands on the west side of the Little Missouri River. 3385 Pool Dr. | 701.623.7665 Medora Children’s Park The playground has a western theme with a false front town and a section that looks like an Old West fort.The play areas have westernlooking equipment, like a stagecoach and train engine. Children of all ages will enjoy their visit to this FREE attraction. medora.com 365 Main St. | 701.623.4444 Medora Musical The Medora Musical is the rootin’-tootinest, boot-scootinest show in all the Midwest. There’s no other show quite like it. It’s an ode to patriotism,Theodore Roosevelt, and the Great American West! medora.com 3422 Chateau Rd. | 701.623.4444 Medora Riding Stables & Trail Rides Friendly trail guides will take you on a Badlands adventure along buttes and canyons that are sure to create unforgettable memories. Riders must be 7 years of age or older and at least 45 inches tall. All riders 12 and under must wear a stables provided helmet. medora.com Pacific Ave. | 701.623.4444 North Dakota Cowboy Hall of Fame Experience the legends of cowboys, cowgirls and Native Americans in this immersive museum experience. The 15,000-square foot interpretive center features permanent and traveling western cultural exhibits, a Hall of Honorees, theater, gift shop, archives, 1,400 square feet of multi-purpose meeting space and a 5,000 square foot open-air patio. northdakotacowboy.com 250 Main St. | 701.623.2000 Old Town Hall Theater This 220-seat theater is the home of the Teddy Roosevelt Show, along with other shows and events throughout the year; from the occasional magic show to live comedy and from live music to variety shows, this theater is a must visit. Make sure you capture a photo with the bronze statue of Teddy Roosevelt out front! medora.com 450 Broadway | 701.623.4444
things to See & Do Perception House The tour is two parts, each being about 15-20 minutes long. Part 1 of the tour is filled with mind-boggling optical illusions and photo opportunities unlike any other. Part 2 is the slanted house, which is a physical illusion that will leave you astounded at how powerful the mind truly is! perceptionillusion.com 401 6th St | 701.623.1500 Point to Point Park Named after Teddy Roosevelt’s favorite game to play with his children, friends and diplomats. The only rule is you must never go around an obstacle, only up, over, or through. The Park is home to the Manitou Zipline, Little Bully Pulpit mini golf, Pancratz Hiking Trails and the future home of a jump pillow, pool house and lazy river. This family-friendly spot is fun for all ages. Come play point to point through all of the attractions. medora.com 6th St. | 701.623.4444 Pancratz Trails This 1.5 mile trail will take you right from the mini-golf course all the way to the top of the butte overlooking town. During the trek you will navigate an easy to moderate trail, take a climb up the butte, and be met by Schafer Point—the same location Harold Schafer stood when dreaming up a magic Medora. Climbing not your jam? No worries! Take the easy way back to town! Seasonal guided hikes available. medora.com 701.623.4444 Seasonal Children’s Entertainment The Andrist Stage in downtown Medora offers a variety of seasonal entertainment for children of all ages! These family friendly shows vary each summer season. Each summer season you can also head back in time with Mr. and Mrs. Roosevelt during what are sure to be fun-filled events for all! During the week, you can catch up with the Roosevelts on the Joe Ferris General Store Lawn, across from the Cowboy Hall of Fame, for free games and stories. 701.623.4444 | medora.com Seasonal Entertainment and Activities Each summer season you can expect to find a wide variety of entertainment. Some entertainment and activities could include concerts, magic shows, variety acts and guided hiking and walking tours. Whether you are coming to Medora for the first time or back again, you can be sure there will be something for everyone in your group or family to enjoy! medora.com | 701.623.4444
The Teddy Roosevelt Show The Teddy Roosevelt Show is all that a living history experience should be! The world’s best TR repriser, Joe Wiegand, will have Bully Pulpit Gold Course you chasing after TR’s first Badlands bison, establishing the Elkhorn Ranch, and roaming the same Badlands where Teddy fought the Mingusville Bully and captured the notorious “Boat Thieves” as he brings America’s legendary 26th President to life in this vivid and rousing presentation! 450 Broadway | 701.623.4444 medora.com Theodore Roosevelt National Park Come on out and visit North Dakota’s only National Park! All 70,400 acres of breathtaking Badlands are covered in wildlife, hiking trails, and scenic overlooks! Begin your Theodore Roosevelt National Park experience by driving through the 36-mile scenic loop.The loop is a winding drive that takes you along striking overlooks, past trailheads for 12 different hiking trails. Inside the park you’ll see real prairie dog towns, wild horses, elk, whitetail deer and of course, bison—America’s National Mammal! And you definitely don’t want to miss visiting Theodore Roosevelt’s Maltese Cross Cabin—his very first ranch in the Badlands! nps.gov 315 2nd Ave. | 701.623.4466 Theodore Roosevelt Presidential Library (Coming 2025) The Theodore Roosevelt Presidential Library will explore the life, legacy, and enduring relevance of our 26th President.Through pillar principles of Conservation, Leadership, and Citizenship, the Library’s vision is to inspire action and fearless participation ‘In the Arena.’ ztrlibrary.com 350 3rd Ave. (Medora Office) 701.623.1883 Von Hoffman House Built in 1884 by Medora Vallambrosa’s (the wife of the Marquis) parents, the Baron and Mrs.Von Hoffman, this restored home is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and includes a collection of original furniture and period furnishings. It also hosts tons of live Medora entertainment.Tours are free and open to the public. medora.com 485 Broadway | 701.623.4444
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Sacajawea Trading Post Gifts and souvenirs for the whole family. 245 Broadway | 701.623.5050
spots to shop
Teddy’s Bears Large variety of animals available to be stuffed. There are scent packets that can be added to the animals during the stuffing process as well as sounds. In addition, there is a wide variety of clothing options for guests to choose from accessories for the stuffed animals. 70 3rd Ave. | 701.623.4444 The Home Merchant You are invited to browse the unique collections of home decor, garden items, fashion and accessories, and so much more! The hope is for you to find joy, inspiration and a little bit of whimsy while visiting. 225 Broadway | 701.623.2219 The White House Gifts and souvenirs for the whole family. 235 Broadway | 701.623.5050
Dacotah Territories Mall Bar Diamond Bar Boutique & Gallery Shop the most unique boutique in the Badlands for that perfect item to enjoy well after your trip to Medora. Pendleton, home decor, gifts and more. 155 Pacific Ave. | 701.623.0155 Black Hills Gold & Gift Outlet Seasonal jewelry & gift store specializing in Black Hills Jewelry Knives & Western Decor. 354 Pacific Ave. | 701.623.5057 Boots Bar & Grill From custom Boots & Medora-themed merchandise to homemade jellies, jams, sauces, and locally roasted coffee. A perfect slice of Medora for souvenirs or gifts. 300 Pacific Ave. | 701.623.2668 Buffalo Gap Gift Shop Unique gifts, garden decor, clothing and embroidery. 275 Pacific Ave. | 701.623.4393 Bully Pulpit Pro Shop From custom polos to custom headwear, the Bully Pulpit Pro Shop has your apparel needs covered from head to toe. Some of our favorite brands include the top names in golf like FootJoy, Nike, Under Armour, Swannies and Bad Birdie. 3731 Bible Camp Rd. | 701.623.4653 Capital Gallery West Located within the Harold Schafer Heritage Center, The Capital Gallery West showcases original fine art with an emphasis on western Americana. Gift shop & demonstrating artists. 335 4th St. | 701.623.1698
Chateau Nuts Nuts of every imaginable variety are stocked in huge quantities in this little downtown shop. 370 Main St. | 701.623.4825
Lilly & Zella’s Features the season’s cutest clothes and accessories inspired by the western flair of the Badlands with items to suit the most fashionable of women! 701.623.4444
Cowboy Lyle’s Candy Barn Another great addition to your vacation experience, this store features something sweet for both young and old. 284 3rd Ave. | 701.623.4444
Medora Boot & Western Wear Offering a wide variety of exotic boots and custom boots. We can assist you in personalizations too, Accessories, hats, bull horns, and an assortment of tack. 316 Pacific Ave. | 701.623.1005
Dakota Cyclery The only full service bike shop in the heart of the Badlands! Offers, sales, shuttles, guided rides and repairs on all bikes. Whether you need a wheel trued, a brake bleed on your XC bike or simply air in your tires, they can fix you up! 365 Main St. | 701.6234808 Hatlee + Brae 24 flavors of ice cream, coffee/espresso drinks, smoothies and gifts! 394 Pacific Ave. #9 | 701.623.1311 Hidden Springs Java Serving your favorite, hand-crafted espresso drinks & smoothies, cold brew & Italian Sodas year round. Sandwiches, bagels & pastries. 350 4th St. | 701.623.4700 Hitching Post Variety of gifts and souvenirs for all ages. 410 3rd St. | 701.623.4488
Chasing Horses Unique, one-of-a-kind merchandise that highlights the amazing animals of the Badlands by using photographs taken by the owners. 312 Pacific Ave. | 701.623.4773
Joe Ferris General Store The Ferris was one of the first general stores in town, in fact, Theodore Roosevelt stayed in the Ferris General Store during one of his trips out west! Come on in and see our selection of gift items, knickknacks, and oddities! 251 Main St. | 701.623.4444
Chateau de Morès Interpretive Center Gift Shop Find the perfect souvenir of your French adventure in the Badlands at the Chateau gift shop. Well-stocked with local pottery, Pride of Dakota, excellent books about the region and its history, and unique gifts! 3426 Chateau Rd. | 701.623.4455
JQ Clothing Co. When you walk through the doors you will find beautiful & unique items. Enjoy a selection of women’s clothing, jewelry from locally made earrings and bracelets to necklaces that will be the finishing touch to your look. 338 Pacifc Ave. | 701.710.0234
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Medora C-Store Offering a wide variety of items ranging from unique gifts and souvenirs, fuel, homemade breakfast sandwiches, groceries, ice, beer, wine and liquor. 200 Pacific Ave. | 701.623.4479 Medora Musical Welcome Center Located at the entrance to the Burning Hills Amphitheatre, this visitors center offers official Medora Musical merchandise. 3422 Chateau Rd. | 701.623.4444 Medora Uncork’d A wine shop and full-service restaurant serving gourmet pizzas and small plates along with a wide variety of wines, beer and liquor. 370-378 Pacific Ave. | 833.623.2675 North Dakota Cowboy Hall of Fame Gift Shop Find your inner cowboy or cowgirl. Western themed clothing, kids’ items, artwork and gifts crafted by local artisans. 250 Main St. | 701.623.2000 Rough Riders Gifts The most high-end retail outlet in Medora. Designer dresses, custom glasswork, and hand-stitched purses are just some of the items you’ll find in Medora’s trendiest store. 320 3rd St. | 701.623.4444 Rushmore Mountain Taffy Real mouth-watering, homemade candies shipped worldwide or direct to you. These succulent satisfiers of the savage sweet tooth are carefully crafted in our kitchens. 320 Pacific Ave. | 701.623.4885
Theodore Roosevelt Nature & History Association A non-profit organization that sells National Park merchandise in the park stores. Funds raised through sales stays in North Dakota to enhance visitor experience and enjoyment through historical, scientific, and educational activities in Theodore Roosevelt National Park and Knife River Indian Villages National Historic Site. 201 E. River Road N. | 701.623.5057 Ticket Junction The Ticket Junction is your destination for official Medora gear! Everything from jackets and t-shirts to cowboy hats or baseball caps. In addition, you can grab tickets to the best Medora attractions: The Medora Musical, Pitchfork Steak Fondue, and The Medora Gospel Brunch! 275 Pacific Ave. | 701.623.4444 Todd’s Old Time Photo Parlor & Gift Shop Step back to the Roaring 20’s or the Old West with an Old Time Photo. You will also find a large selection of toys. 380 3rd Ave. | 701.623.4339 Western Edge Books, Artwork & Music Huge Western Americana Selection! From the history books and biographies, western fiction to cookbooks, kid’s titles and visual art, Western life is captured! 425 4th St. | 701.623.4345
Amble Inn Set 2 blocks from Theodore Roosevelt National Park, this relaxed, family-run hotel is a minute’s walk from the North Dakota Cowboy Hall of Fame. Cabin-style rooms feature log furniture and desks, as well as free Wi-Fi, TVs, minifridges and coffee makers. Amenities include a communal yard, a patio with rocking chairs, and a fire pit. There’s also an on-site book store selling western-themed literature. facebook.com/westernedgebooks 425 4th St. | 701.623.4345 AmericInn of Medora Indoor Pool and Whirlpool. Convention, meeting and reception space. In house food and alcohol catering. 80 rooms. Whirlpool & fireplace suites available. Open year round. visitmedora.com | 75 East River Rd. South 701.623.4800 Badlands Ministries Bible Camp Offering a variety of buildings and spaces to fit your needs! Facilities are perfect for ministry groups, weddings, corporate retreats, and family reunions. Also available: Multiple outdoor worship and recreation areas including a full regulation outdoor basketball court, disc golf course, human foosball, and our “Leap of Faith’’ high and low ropes courses. badlandsministries.org 3892 Bible Camp Rd. | 701.623.4332 Badlands Motel Western-themed furnishings, flat-screen TVs, and mini-fridges, the Badlands Motel has the right mix of amenities for your Medora excursion. Free WIFI, hairdryer, iron and ironing board, mini-fridge, HD TVs with Cable. Guests have access to the outdoor pool. All rooms are non-smoking. Pets are not permitted. Handicap accessible rooms are available and guests have access to outdoor pool. medora.com 501 Pacific Ave. | 701.623.4444 Bar X Ranch Located just south of Medora, and offers: cabins, campsites, electrical hookups, showers, corrals, and a hot tub in a peaceful setting alongside the Little Missouri River. Great for family reunions, weddings or just good old fun. Horseback (bring your own horses) and hiking trails, cattle roundups and brandings, and hunting packages available. barxguestranch.com 3566 W River Rd. | 701.872.6100 Boots Campground Located one mile outside of Historic Medora. 16 RV spots with full electrical, water and sewer, as well as 4 vacation rental cabins through VRBO. RV reservations accepted online only. vacationmedora.com 3576 E River Rd. | 701.690.7364 Buffalo Gap Guest Ranch & Campground Full service lodging with a restaurant and lounge, camper hookups and dry campsites. buffalogapguestranch.com 3100 Buffalo Gap Rd., Sentinel Butte, ND 58654 | 701.623.4200 Cottonwood Campground Lies inside Theodore Roosevelt National Park. Enter the South Unit in Medora. Travel 5.5 miles on the scenic drive (East River Road). Cottonwood Campground is on the
left.Most sites are suitable for tents and RVs (no hookups). Cottonwood Campground fills to capacity each afternoon, mid-May through mid-September. nps.gov 701.623.4466 Custer’s Cottage Offers family style lodging for one or more generations looking for clean, comfortable and affordable lodging in Medora. custerscottage.com Unnamed Road, PO Box 174 701.623.4378 Dakota Place Lodge/Maltese Ranch Cabin A 4-plex offering 4 different suites. Suites come with direct TV, free Wi-Fi, fully equipped kitchen, full bathroom w/ toiletries and hair dryer. Free off street parking, front load washer & dryer, air conditioning in living area, and guests have access to a shared outdoor grilling/picnic area. No pets or parties allowed. Cabin is an exact replica of Theodore Roosevelt’s Maltese Cross Ranch Cabin. dakotaplacend.com 670 Doc Hubbard Dr. 701.290.8869 (Lodge) 701.290.1038 (Cabin) Diamond Bar Diamond Bed & Breakfast Offers a peaceful evening in an authentic and historic log cabin, restored to modern comforts. Enjoy “home cooked” breakfast. Experience the beauty of the Badlands near the Maah Daah Hey Trail, Buffalo Gap Trail and Theodore Roosevelt National Park. 14996 27th St. SW | 701.623.4913 facebook.com/Diamond-Bar-BedBreakfast-Medora-ND Elkhorn Quarters This “tiny-house style” lodging option would make Teddy proud for its efficiency and encouragement to get out and enjoy the Badlands! Named for Theodore Roosvelt’s ranch. It’s an economical and family-friendly lodging property. Single bed and Family Units available! medora.com 400 E River Rd. South | 701.623.4444 5-Star Lodging
“Loved this place. From the cozy fire,
to the books to read, breakfast for a king, great service, and incredible walk in shower. Medora is a small town but other hotels should learn from this one.” —Trip Advisor Review, April 2021
Hyde House Nestled into downtown Medora, the Hyde House is seconds from all the old-west action during the day, and when the stars come out, it’s your cozy, well-furnished home for a quiet night’s rest. The room is anchored by a single, wrought iron queen bed—with a plush mattress—and custom historic furniture pieces. A full bathroom and kitchenette with a fridge, microwave, and coffee maker mean that you get all the modern comforts of today, while enjoying a past preserved in Medora. medora.com 347 3rd. | 701.623.4444
Stay the night Elkhorn Quarters
King Ranch Medora’s most private camping and lodging experience for people who want to experience the ND Badlands. Perfect for hikers or bikers who want to explore the beautiful Badlands from their front door. facebook.com/kingranchnd 14625 Plumely Draw Rd. 701.623.5364 Medora Campground Includes 223 campsites nestled under large cottonwood trees along the Little Missouri River. Conveniently located on the west side of Medora. You can choose between hook-up spaces or a primitive camping area. Facility amenities include: 150 campsites of varying size, free Wi-Fi, RV waste station, and a playground for the kids. Dog-friendly, but furry friends should be on a leash. medora.com 3370 Pool Dr. | 701.623.4444 Red Trail Campground Family owned and operated for over 41 years. The campground is set up in sections of electric only, electric and water only or electric, water, and sewer. Modern restrooms with showers. Laundry room. Biggest little grocery store that offers souvenirs. Escort parking, free Wi-Fi that can be reached from every site; even in your camper. Playground. Tables in every site and charcoal grills available. Cable available in all sites except tent sites. Open summer midMay through the end of September. redtrailcampground.com Red Trail St. | 800.621.4317 Rough Riders Hotel Rooms are adorned with a touch of the west, the right amount of luxury, and walk-in showers marked by the brands of Roosevelt. If 1880s nostalgia is your thing, ask for one of our historic rooms where it’s rumored the President himself may have delivered a speech from the balcony! medora.com 301 3rd Ave. | 701.623.4444 Spirit of the Badlands Carefully placed at the head of a canyon, guests are invited for deep internal reflection. Provides an experience that restores hope and revitalizes one’s physical, emotional, mental and spiritual resources. Stunning views make it the ideal place for a renewing vacation with family
and friends. Great for private personal retreats and personal contemplation. Close to downtown Medora. Fully equipped apartments. Private spaces. P atios with Badlands views. Hiking trails. spiritofthebadlands.com 3606 West River Rd. | 701.290.0080 Sully Creek State Park Located in the heart of the North Dakota Badlands, just minutes away from Medora and Theodore Roosevelt National Park. This seasonal park offers a quiet escape.9 Modern Campsites (electricity & water), 7 Modern Equestrian Campsites (electricity, water and corral access at your campsite), 14 Primitive Campsites, 10 Modern Group Equestrian Campsites (electricity, water, corral access and the ability to put multiple units on one site) *Detailed information about each campsite is available on the reservation system. parkrec.nd.gov/sully-creek-state-park 1465 36th St. | 701.623.2024 Wooly Boys Inn Fun, unique lodging property, right in the middle of Historic Medora. The Wooly Boys Inn has 2 rentable suites. Each suite accommodates 4 people and is nicely adorned with western décor, wood finishes, and a few pieces of memorabilia from the Wooly Boys movie. Each suite includes a bedroom with two queen beds. The living room has a fireplace, large sofa, table with chairs, TV, and a kitchenette with a small refrigerator and microwave. Dishware and linens are provided. The building is nonsmoking and no pets are allowed. www.medora.com 350 1/2 4th St. | 701.623.4444 Wooly Wagons An adventurous, historic, “outdorable”, affordable lodging option in Medora. Spend a night or two in an authentic shepherd’s wagon. A bathroom (with a sink, stool, and shower) is located in the same yard as the wagons. Twin and Double bedwagons available. custerscottage.com Unnamed Rd., PO Box 174 701.623.4378
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Make every meal memorable with Medora’s impressive list of local dining spots. From dine-in to pick-up, delicious dining choices await. Badlands Pizza & Saloon Dig into great-tasting pizza or sandwiches! 285 3rd St. | 701.623.4481 Boots Bar & Grill Large family-friendly atmosphere on the western edge serving specialty burgers, steaks, appetizers, cold beer, and craft cocktails for all visitors passing through Medora. Indoor & outdoor dining with a view. 300 Pacific Ave. | 701.623.2668 Bread + Butter Sandwiches, speciality sodas & shaved ice. 394 Pacific Ave. #10 | 701.623.1311 Buffalo Gap Guest Ranch Steakhouse & Saloon Full service lodging with a restaurant and lounge, camper hookups and dry campsites. 3100 Buffalo Gap Rd. Sentinel Butte, ND 58654 | 701.623.4200 Chateau Nuts Nuts of every imaginable variety are stocked in huge quantities in this little downtown shop. 370 Main St. | 701.623.4825 Cowboy Cafe Home cooking at its best! Fantastic food and service! 215 4th St. | 701.623.4343
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Cowboy Lyle’s Candy Barn Another great addition to your vacation experience, this store features something sweet for both young and old. 284 3rd Ave. | 701.623.4444
Medora C-Store Offering a wide variety of items ranging from unique gifts and souvenirs, fuel, homemade breakfast sandwiches, groceries, ice, beer, wine and liquor. 200 Pacific Ave. | 701.623.4479
FUN FACT: Cowboy Lyle’s Candy was named after Medora Musical legend, Cowboy Lyle Glass! Lyle performed in the Medora Musical for over 45 years!
Medora Fudge & Ice Cream Depot Featuring an expansive patio and ample shade, the Medora Fudge & Ice Cream Depot is the perfect spot to Indulge in homemade fudge and ice cream while enjoying the expansive patio. 201 Broadway | 701.623.4444
Gospel Brunch Start with a beautiful array of your brunch favorites—endless helpings of egg bakes, breakfast meats and more. Then take in one heck of a gospel show with a full band! 250 3rd Ave. | 701.623.4444 Hatlee + Brae 24 flavors of ice cream, coffee/ espresso drinks, smoothies and gifts! 394 Pacific Ave. #9 | 701.623.1311 Hidden Springs Java Serving your favorite, handcrafted espresso drinks & smoothies, cold brew & Italian Sodas year round. Sandwiches, bagels & pastries also available. 350 4th St. | 701.623.4700 FUN FACT: Theodore Roosevelt, while president, was touring the South and made a stop at the Hermitage, a famous resort in Nashville, TN. He was served with Maxwell House coffee. Taking a second cup, and drinking it all, he humorously exclaimed, “Good to the last drop.” The saying stuck! Little Missouri Saloon & Dining Steaks, sandwiches, pizza, buffalo & elk burgers. Enjoy the large outdoor dining area. Wedding & meeting catering available. Live music weekends all summer. 440 3rd St. | 701.623.4404
Sheriff Bear’s Ice Cream Downtown snack shop, serving soft serve ice cream and other refreshing treats. 340 3rd St. | 701.623.4444
Medora Uncork’d A wine shop and full-service restaurant serving gourmet pizzas and small plates along with a wide variety of wines, beer and liquor. 370-378 Pacific Ave. | 833.623.2675 Pitchfork Steak Fondue Chefs load up pitchforks with 12oz steaks and fondue them— western style! Paired with all your favorite fixins and an unbelievable view of the Badlands, this is a perfect dinner any night. 3422 Chateau Rd. | 701.623.4444
The Farmhouse Cafe
Rushmore Mountain Taffy Shop Taffy and fudge made fresh daily! Treats and gifts for every taste! 320 Pacific Ave. | 701.623.4885 The Farmhouse Cafe Stop by for a home cooked breakfast or lunch while visiting Medora. 314 Pacific Ave. | 701.623.3105 Theodore’s Dining Room and TR’s Tavern Enjoy a modern culinary experience with all the character of the old west, located inside the Historic Rough Riders Hotel. Plus, start and end your night at TR’s Tavern located just through the dining room! 301 3rd Ave. | 701.623.4444
medora Tour Are you planning a corporate retreat, meeting, or conference? How about a board training or an incentive travel program? Let’s not forget those special moments in life, like rehearsal dinners, weddings, family reunions, or birthday parties! Medora is home to a variety of unique, inspiring, ample meeting and event facilities that will accommodate all of your planning needs. Meet in Medora today!
Medora Meeting/Event Facilities AmericInn Lodge & Suites Badlands Ministries Bully Canyon Bully Pulpit Clubhouse Chateau de Morès Boardroom Chimney Park De Morès Park Elaine’s Garden Life Skills Center Campus Medora Community Center Medora Uncork’d Event Room North Dakota Cowboy Hall of Fame Rough Riders Hotel Rough Riders Hotel Ballroom Schafer Center Boardroom Schafer Center Bar and Patio Tjaden Terrace Townsquare Patio and Showhall Upstairs at Boots Bar & Grill Upstairs at the Little Missouri Saloon 32 | medorand.com
If motor coach is your preferred method of travel, you’ll find a great mix of group tours in Medora. From history tours of the Chateau and North Dakota Cowboy Hall of Fame to tours of the National Park. From group golf outings to a night at Pitchfork Fondue followed by the Medora Musical to a morning Gospel Brunch. There is plenty to do for groups of all sizes to accommodate everyone in your bus group. We can customize an itinerary that fits your needs!
Start planning your group experience in Medora! The CVB can help arrange it all for you. (701) 623-4830 firstname.lastname@example.org