Do you have your spurs packed? Throw in your chaps as well, because your adventure in western North Dakota will include cowboys, wild buffalo and the Badlands of that stretch all the way to the horizon. If your idea of a good time is getting back to the simpler customs of the wild, Wild West, then saddle up and head on over to Medora.
Boasting a rollicking Western flair, Medora is one of the top entertainment capitals of the Midwest. Case in point: The Medora Musical, which has delighted legions of fans since it first hit the stage in 1965. Featuring Old West cowboys, cowgirls, singing and dancing, the show consistently fills the seats of the Burning Hills Amphitheater, an open-air venue carved out of a hillside. Staged during summer, the show is dedicated to President Teddy Roosevelt’s time in the Badlands.
Dessert doesn’t get much better than the confections found in Medora. While you’re there you won’t want to miss the Pitchfork Steak Fondue, and you’ll certainly need to save room for ice cream at the Marquis De Mores Ice Cream parlor in the heart of Medora.
Medora sits at the edge of the Theodore Roosevelt National Park. The park consists of more than 70,000 acres of outdoor rugged country in the heart of the North Dakota Badlands and bursts with wildlife ranging from elk to coyote to prairie dog. Horseback riders will find dozens of riding trails along the 36-mile Scenic Loop Drive around the park. If you only have your vehicle, and no horse, that’s OK because there are lots of pullouts to grab the perfect photo.
When you visit Medora, you’ll find a family-friendly town determined to keep you entertained, fed and happy. The Theodore Roosevelt Medora Foundation keeps the town true to its values of education, entertainment and history, and no matter if you’re shopping, eating dinner or watching a show, you can rest assured that the entire family is welcome.
For More Information
Medora Convention & Visitors Bureau
North Dakota Tourism Division