Spring has sprung, go outside and play
It's time to break out the hiking boots, bikes and assorted outdoor equipment and visit your favorite places in North Dakota. Follow your curiosity, not the crowds into the outdoors of North Dakota where getting away from the hustle and bustle has always been the name of the game.
National Trails Day (first Saturday in June) is set aside to recognize the best trails, but why wait until June to take advantage of the Maah Daah Hey Trail or the North Country National Scenic Trail? In fact, thousands of miles of trails across the state are waiting for you to hike your way through.
Forget Mad Max. You’re more likely to see Glad Max as you leisurely peddle around north-central North Dakota near the Canadian border. Bike the Border is a multi-day leisurely ride through smalls towns, beginning and ending in Bottineau every June. This isn’t a race, it's an opportunity to get some exercise while enjoying the outdoors, the views and nature at its best.
TRNP x 3
June 12, 1948 marks the date that the North Unit was added to the South and Elkhorn Ranch units of Theodore Roosevelt National Park. Celebrate the date with a visit to each unit. Little has changed in the rugged Badlands since that time. Watch the bison roam freely within park boundaries, listen to the winds blow through Wind Canyon, and take in the views of the Little Missouri River at Oxbow Overlook.
Get Your Motor Running
North Dakota’s open roads are made for cruising. Small towns, light traffic and the many sites to see are reasons enough to hit the road, and the North Dakota Scenic ByRider Program enhances your travels. Take a tour down the Enchanted Highway and to a myriad of other larger-than-life tributes along North Dakota’s highways and byways.
Probably more like five or six. Nobody cares if you shave scores when you golf one of our premier courses: Bully Pulpit, Hawktree, Links of North Dakota or King’s Walk. Who hasn’t used a footwedge or three to card that 25-over? Regardless of your skill level, these courses can fit your game, and the scenery is truly a bonus.
Flora and Fauna Come to Life
Spring is a time of birth and rebirth. Young wildlife perform entertaining dances through herds of bison and deer. Prairie flowers across the state spring back to life, applying a colorful brushstroke to the landscape. See them at their most vibrant at sunrise or sunset.
Going to the Extreme
Test yourself to the extreme in one, or all, of Extreme North Dakota challenges. There are events for runners, bikers and swimmers, each with their own unique twist.
Is That a Sprague’s Pipit?
It is! But it’s only one of the many species of birds you’ll see during a stay at Pipestem Creek lodging and nature retreat. Treat yourself to some quiet time with family and friends and stroll the gardens in search of species that inhabit the Central Flyway near Carrington.
How Bad Are You?
Bad enough to run through the Badlands? From running a 5K to a marathon, experience the unique challenge of the awe inspiring Maah Daah Hey Trail in this TrailRun Series. This event will gives every participant a fun and rewarding experience on one of North America’s most challenging and rewarding stretches of continuous single trail.
Challenge Your Biking Skills
The Maah Daah Hey 100 racecourse 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.
OHV … Oh My Goodness
Off-roading is one great way to get into nature without having to hike or bike. Let your ATV take you deep into nature on some of North Dakota’s maintained OHV trails. Adventure awaits from the Desert to the Gorge to the Mountains.
Mom and Dad Days
Mom and Dad are larger than life. That’s why May and June have days set aside to honor them. Take them golfing, visit a museum or treat them to a dinner cruise on the Lewis and Clark Riverboat.
White Horse Hill
White Horse Hill National Wildlife Preserve has 250 species of birds soaring over bison, elk and deer on the shores of Devils Lake. Driving and walking trails are found within the preserve.
Feasts and Fests for Foodies
Rib season kicks off with Happy Harry’s Ribfest in Fargo. Once you’ve polished off the ribs, settle in for some awesome musical entertainment under the stars. Find award-winning modern cuisine, family-owned spots serving classic comfort foods, cultural goodies and much more on the Culinary Trail.
Hot Dogs, Popcorn and Homeruns
Three sure signs of summer. Sit back and watch the Mudville nine take it to those other guys. Teams range from summer collegiate wood-bat teams in Bismarck, Dickinson and Minot to the independent American Association’s Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks.
Let’s go Fishing!
No you didn’t die and go to heaven. But you’re close. North Dakota has some of the best fishing waters, there’s not a lot of other anglers in your way and the season is eternal. That’s right, it never ends.
Brews and Gatherings
Warmer spring evenings beckon, and so do friends who want to get together for a good conversations and brews. Craft breweries throughout North Dakota are perfect gathering places featuring music, craft beers and outdoor seating.
It’s up to You
This is only a small sampling of the many ways to Be Legendary this spring in North Dakota. There are many other things to see and do.