MDH Trail


North Dakota beckons travelers seeking adventure amidst a landscape of untouched beauty.

Here, sustainability  is a way of life, dating back to the Native American farmers who first coaxed crops from the rich soil.  Following in the footsteps of Theodore Roosevelt, the "Conservation President" who spent formative years ranching in North Dakota, travelers can embark on unforgettable adventures while leaving a positive impact. Explore this section to learn about responsible travel practices like staying on designated trails and respecting wildlife We'll also introduce you to inspiring individuals and heroes making a difference on North Dakota's  landscape. In North Dakota you can enjoy uncrowded adventure, immerse yourself in local traditions, and become a steward of this legendary place. Get ready to experience North Dakota – sustainably. 

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Nine Principals of North Dakota Sustainability

North Dakota's landscapes offer endless opportunities for exploration and adventure. But to keep these treasured spaces pristine for future generations, it's important to recreate responsibly. These nine "Leave No Trace" principles guide visitors in minimizing their impact and ensuring a positive experience for everyone.

Plan Ahead and Prepare
Travel and Recreate on Durable Surfaces
Dispose of Waste Properly
Leave What You Find
Minimize Campfire Impacts
Respect Wildlife
Be Considerate of Others
Respect Local Culture and Indigenous People
Clean, Drain, Dry. All Equipment. Every time.

Mike Jensen, the Tourism Outdoor Recreation Manager for North Dakota


Gain insight into the "wise words" from Mike as he conveys our deep commitment to preserving North Dakota's wild spaces and unique cultures through responsible stewardship.

Wise Mike