In Medora, N.D., you’ll discover many odes to President Theodore Roosevelt. Here are the top six things to experience.
1. Bully Pulpit Golf Course
Reason to Go: This 18-hole course has been ranked on a list of the country’s 100 greatest public golf courses.
Tidbit: Challenge your skills on holes 14,15 and 16, the infamous “Badlands Holes” that bring you through adventurous terrain.
2. Maah Daah Hey Trail
Reason to Go: Spanning the north and south entrances of Theodore Roosevelt National Park, this 150-mile-plus trail is a fantastic hiking, mountain biking or horseback riding trail.
Tidbit: Train for the Maah Daah Hey 100, a grueling 106-mile single-track mountain biking race that takes place Aug. 5, 2017. You gain an excruciating 11,975 feet.
3. North Dakota Cowboy Hall of Fame
Reason to Go: See interactive permanent and traveling exhibits on all things cowboy, along with Native American exhibits, at this 15,000-square-foot museum.
Tidbit: It’s located at 250 Main St., one block east of the Theodore Roosevelt National Park entrance and is closed in the winter.
4. Chateau de Mores State Historic Site
Reason to Go: Explore this 26-room home built in 1883 by the Marquis de Mores as a hunting lodge and summer home. He founded a meat-packing business, which collapsed in 1886.
Tidbit: DeMores named the town after his wife whose first name was “Medora.” This museum is only open end of May through early September.
5. Theodore Roosevelt National Park
Reason to Go: See bison without the crowds of Yellowstone, as well as wild horses that were introduced to North America by the Spanish in the 1500s and to the Medora area in the mid-1800s.
Tidbit: This park has its own quarter. Released on Aug. 25, 2016, it commemorates the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service and features a young Teddy Roosevelt on horseback.
6. Maltese Cross Cabin
Reason to Go: Located in Theodore Roosevelt National Park, this restored cabin was commissioned by Roosevelt after traveling to the Badlands to hunt bison in 1883.
Tidbit: The nation’s 26th president and a conservationist long before it was fashionable, Roosevelt said, “I would not have been president had it not been for my experience in North Dakota.”
For more information:
Medora Visitor Center
475 4th St, Medora, ND