10 Places to Live the Cowboy Culture in North Dakota

Channel your inner cowboy or cowgirl with these North Dakota museums and western attractions.
The Burning Hills Amphitheatre in the Badlands at Medora provides comfortable, modern accommodations to thoe attending the Medora Musical under the stars. 1
Medora Musical

Take in a Broadway-style variety show, with western entertainment, Badlands legend and lore and a patriotic salute at the outdoor Burning Hills Amphitheatre in Medora.

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The Hall of Fame pays tribute to the cowboy culture in North Dakota. 2
North Dakota Cowboy Hall of Fame

Rustle up some of North Dakota’s rich western heritage at this 15,000-square-foot interpretive center. Browse permanent and traveling western culture exhibits, a Hall of Honorees, gift shop and archives and learn about homesteaders and the sport of rodeo. Or just walk the streets of the cow-town Medora.

250 Main Street Medora, ND 58645
The Chateau de Mores in Medora was built by the Marquis de Mores for his wife, Medora, during the cattle empire of the 1800s. 3
Chateau de Mores State Historic Site

This 26-room, two-story historic house museum was built in 1883 as the summer home of the Marquis de Mores, the French nobleman who founded Medora, and his family.

3426 Chateau Roadd Medora, ND 58645
Medora's Pitchfork Fondue is one of the most scenic meals you will ever eat. Steaks are cooked on pitchforks and served on Tjaden Terrace overlooking the Little Missouri River. 4
Pitchfork Steak Fondue

Refuel North Dakota-style with thick, juicy steaks cooked in an old-fashioned iron kettle and served with baked potato, salad and roll. This unique western meal experience is served at the Tjaden Center on the scenic bluffs overlooking Medora.

Tjaden Terrace Medora, ND 58645
Enjoy some family fun while taking in some North Dakota History. 5
North Dakota Heritage Center

The collection of Plains Indians artifacts found here is second only to the Smithsonian's. You can also see displays on the state's rich military and agricultural history and shop for local arts and crafts in the museum gift shop.

612 E Boulevard Ave Bismarck, ND 58505
The World's Largest Buffalo overlooks the Frontier Village and the city of Jamestown 6
Frontier Village and the World’s Largest Buffalo

Visit an authentic pioneer town at the end of Louis L’Amour Lane next to the National Buffalo Museum and live buffalo herd. Snap a family photo next to the World’s Largest Buffalo, a 60-ton concrete buffalo statue.

404 Louis L'Amour Lane Jamestown, ND 58401
Horseback riding in the Badlands of western North Dakota. 7
Theodore Roosevelt National Park – South Unit

Admire the 26th president's contribution to conservation at this national park. The North Dakota Badlands provide a scenic backdrop, and you may spot buffalo, deer, elk, bighorn sheep, wild horses, mule deer and prairie dogs on the loop drive. Want more action? Options include hiking trails through the Badlands, trail rides on horseback and canoeing the Little Missouri River.

Medora, ND 58645
The 96-mile Maah Daah Hey Trail has been named an IMBA Epic Ride. 8
Maah Daah Hey Trail

Spend the night outdoors like a true cowboy and explore this 96-mile trail running through the South Unit and the North Unit of Theodore Roosevelt National Park. Enjoy hiking in the Badlands and rolling prairie landscapes, along with opportunities for wildlife sightings that include mule deer, coyotes, an occasional golden eagle, bison and feral horses.

Little Missouri National Grassland Medora, ND 58601
Sunrise in the North Dakota Badlands. 9
Theodore Roosevelt National Park – North Unit

Get spectacular views along the 14-mile scenic drive, which features turnouts with interpretive signs. Self-guided nature trails take you through coulees and breaks. Visit the prairie dog town, Oxbow Overlook and the Edge of Glacier Pullout.

Theodore Roosevelt National Park - North Unit Watford City, ND
Discover how and why the pioneers settled in the McKenzie County area. 10
McKenzie County Heritage Park and Pioneer Museum

An original trapper's log cabin, homestead shack, one-room schoolhouse and the original 1915 Schafer Law Office are on the site of the heritage park. You can even see mammoth fossil bones discovered in the area. The pioneer museum features a replica pioneer home.

Highway 85 W Watford City, ND
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