Medora Travel Guide

  • Chateau de Mores
    Chateau de Mores
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  • Start of the Maah Daah Hey trail near Exit 24 I-94
    Start of the Maah Daah Hey trail near...
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  • the national park
    the national park
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Medora Things to Do

  • Theodore Roosevelt National Park: South...

    The Teddy Roosevelt National Park is split into 3 different units, and the south unit is the most visited, as the entrance is located in the town of Medora.The park was established in 1978, and is named after President Theodore Roosevelt, who hunted bison here in the 1883. While in the park, we saw prairie dogs, bison, deer, a cottontail, a...

  • Theodore Roosevelt's Maltese Cross Cabin

    Located next to the visitor center of Teddy Roosevelt National Park, at the park entrance, is one of Theodore Roosevelt's log cabins.The Maltese Cross Cabin, was Teddy Roosevelt's first cabin in the Dakota Territory. He was here in 1883. He spent a lot of time here after his wife and mother died, but in 1885, he relocated to the Elkhorn Ranch,...

  • Slaughterhouse Ruins

    Right next to the entrance of Theodore Roosevelt National Park, lie the ruins of the Marquis de Mores Slaughterhouse, the first slaughterhouse in the U.S. It was destroyed in a fire, and the only part from the original building that survived, was the chimney. The rest is just ruins, where the foundation used to be.


    The Maah Daah Hey trail is supposed to be one of the best mountain biking trails in the United States. The trail is dirt and in some places, very rutted. The trail is also used by hikers and horseback riders. The trail runs from the north unit of the Theodore Roosevelt National Park to the south unit and Sully Creek State Park. I have heard the 5...

  • Chateau de Mores

    Chateau de Mores is a nice historic house located on the edge of town. It was built in 1883 by Marqius de Mores of France, as a hunting lodge and summer home. There are several tours a day that go to the chateau. Tickets can be purchased at the museum. Check with them for schedules and prices. Behind the chateau is a small trail, and some stables,...

  • Theodore Roosevelt National Park - South...

    This is the south unit of the national park. It's main gate is in Medora. There are many places to hike, and usually see a lot of wildlife.


Medora Hotels

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  • Rough Riders Hotel

    301 Third Avenue, Medora, North Dakota, 58645, United States

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Solo

    Hotel Class 3 out of 5 stars

  • Americinn Medora

    Due to the location of Medora, that is, next door to a park, on the I-90 corridor, and adjacent to...

  • Badlands Motel

    501 Pacific Ave, Box 198, Medora, North Dakota, 58645, United States

    Satisfaction: Very Good

    Good for: Solo

    Hotel Class 2 out of 5 stars

Medora Transportation

  • Your best bet and very...

    by bently1 Written Oct 4, 2002

    Your best bet and very advisable way of transportation to this location would be your own vehicle.if you have the time and energy you can spend a good amount of time exploring this beautiful park.
    automobile and if you want to do something different try the trail rides available .

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Medora Warnings and Dangers

  • Snakes

    There are rattlesnakes present. Be aware, especially when in the national park or on the trails outside of town. I worked in Medora for 4 months in the summer, and spent much of the next summer in Medora as well. I never saw a rattlesnake, but they are there.

  • Authentic Old West - no law enforcement

    I camped overnight at Sulley's Creek. About sunset a group of local youth set up in the next camp about 50 yards away. They had a loud party until about 2AM when I yelled at them to quiet down. They were so drunk that they couldn't whisper, and I overheard their plans to "bust up" my camp and "drop a few elbows" on my head (wrassling term). I...

  • Avoid trying to go up close to...

    Avoid trying to go up close to the many buffalo located in the park.They look very calm and appear tame but are very dangerous to approach many people have been injured trying to approach these animals.they are very interesting to see out in the wild as they are a close knit bunch and are very protective of their kind.


Medora Off The Beaten Path

  • when on your siteseeeing tour...

    by bently1 Written Oct 4, 2002

    when on your siteseeeing tour of the park there are all kinds of roads off of the main roads.Some are paved but most are gravel,but when you do take these off roads you will see all kinds of wildlife and plant life and a few little extras.

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Medora Sports & Outdoors

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    Bike the Maah Daah Hey Trail

    by pipsqueak Updated Aug 19, 2004

    The 100-mile trail runs from The North Unit of Theodore Roosevelt National Park to the South Unit of the Park near Medora, North Dakota.
    Dakota Cyclery, pictured here, provides a shuttle service (for a small fee) and takes you out for either a 19-mile or a 29-mile ride back to Medora. I will post some pictures of the trail too.

    Equipment: Bike, obviously. Water in bottles or camelbak. sunscreen, bugspray and food. The trail goes through the middle of nowhere, so if you don't have it with you, you sure ain't gonna find it out there.

    Dakota Cyclery in Medora, ND
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Medora Favorites

  • Medora, North Dakota

    Medora is one of my favorite places in all of North Dakota. I really enjoyed my visit here! Medora is right by the entrance to the South Unit of Theodore Roosevelt National Park (the best of the three units), had the very interesting de Mores State Historic Site in town, the Medora Musical and lots of nice scenery. If you cannot find anything to...

  • The founder of Medora--The Marquis de...

    This info is from the medora website:The frontier town of Medora was founded in 1883 by the Marquis de Mores, a French nobleman whose thirst for adventure was matched only by his intense desire to be the richest financier in the world. Blessed with aristocratic good looks and a restless, inquisitive mind, the Marquis spent his entire life in...

  • Medora--something for everyone

    It is a touristy destination, true, but Medora really grows on you. They have a brand new golf course with some of the most unique scenery you've ever seen, horseback riding, mountain biking, historical performances, a pitchfork fondue, and a National Park right on the doorstep. If you can't find something to do here, something is wrong.


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