Spring has sprung, go outside and play
It's time to break out the hiking boots, bikes and assorted outdoor equipment and visit places your favorites places in North Dakota. Follow your curiosity, not the crowd into the outdoors where getting away from the hustle and bustle has always been the name of the game. Heed the advice of health care professionals and in the case of events, check to see that they are taking place before practicing any of the activities listed here.
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 leave your non-carbon footprint today.
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 in June. This isn’t a race, so remember, it’s the journey that matters.
TRNP x 3
June 12 marks the date that the North Unit was added to the South and Elkhorn Ranch units of Theodore Roosevelt National Park. Mark the date with a visit to each unit. Little has changed in the rugged Badlands since that time: winds still blow through Wind Canyon; Oxbow Overlook still overlooks the Little Missouri River and bison roam freely within park boundaries.
Get Yer Motor Running
North Dakota’s open roads are made for two wheeling. Small towns, light traffic and sites to see are reasons enough to hit the road, 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, the scenery is an add-on.
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 the 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 thei own unique twist.
Is That 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 ride a mountain bike for 24 straight hours through the Badlands? The BAD24HR race near the north unit of Theodore Roosevelt National Park will push your biking skills and endurance to the limit. Try Peddle through this one and more.
Over, Under, Through
Channel your inner Teddy Roosevelt in the Bull Moose MudRun. Just get from point A to point B – both the Medora Family Fun Center – any way you can along a course through the Badlands. Courses are set up for fun, competitive and endurance events.
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 the wilderness on some of North Dakota’s maintained OHV trails. Adventure awaits from the Desert to the Gorge to the Mountains.
Hello Mother, Hello Father
Mom and Dad are larger than life. That’s why May and June have days set aside to honor the folks. Take them golfing (let them win) or treat them to a dinner cruise on the Lewis and Clark Riverboat. Remember, it’s your turn to buy.
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 for Foodies
Hot Dogs, Popcorn, Homers
Three sure signs of summer. Sit back and watch the Mudville nine take it to those other guys. The good guys 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 or Twoz
Warmer spring evenings beckon, and so do friends who want to get together for an evening. Craft breweries throughout North Dakota are 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. Click here for all the ways to Be Legendary.