Channel Your Inner-Cowboy in Medora, North Dakota

Medora, North Dakota, America

Today we’re shining the spotlight on a destination that many of you have probably not visited, yet. Introducing Medora, a quintessential cowboy town located in the heart of the Badlands of North Dakota in the United States. We love visiting old western towns and Medora appears to have just the right mix of American history, outdoor adventure, country music and cowboy fun! Photo credits to North Dakota Tourism.

Channel Your Inner-Cowboy in Medora, North Dakota

Just off of Interstate 94 in North Dakota lies a little gem of a city that offers family adventure. Medora has spectacular view of the North Dakota Badlands coupled with family activities that aren’t budget breaking. With a population of just over 100 people (mostly cowboys), Medora is the epitome of a quaint town filled with western lore and family fun.

Here are 5 ways for you and your family to find your inner-cowboy in Medora, North Dakota

Photo credit – Wikipedia

1. Medora Musical

The Medora Musical promotes itself as the rootin’-tootinest, boot-scootinest show in all the west, and frankly, it is probably right. Set in the outdoor splendor of the rugged North Dakota Badlands, this high-energy, western-style musical is a celebration of Americana.

Tributes go out to Theodore Roosevelt, and the time he spent in the Badlands of North Dakota along with family friendly variety acts. Each show pays tribute to American patriotism and the Old West and provides opportunities to get the kids on stage.

North Dakota Cowboy Hall of Fame

2. North Dakota Cowboy Hall of Fame

Connecting with the culture of the American West is easy inside the North Dakota Cowboy Hall of Fame – Center of Western Heritage & Cultures.

Kids can connect with how the west was built and learn about Native American heritage, ranching and rodeo. The setting is kid-friendly with multiple galleries, and the all important gift shop.


3. President Theodore Roosevelt’s Ranch

Theodore Roosevelt first arrived in North Dakota to hunt buffalo in September 1883. He loved the setting and eventually owned two large ranches – the Maltese Cross, about seven miles south of Medora, and the Elkhorn, about 35 miles north of town.

Taking in the ranch gives you insight into why he believe he would not have been president if it hadn’t been for his time in North Dakota.


4. Medora Riding Stables

Who doesn’t want to giddy up. Grab the kids and saddle at the Medora Riding Stables for an adventure on horseback. Friendly trail guides will take you on a Badlands adventure along buttes and paintbrush canyons that are sure to create unforgettable memories.

Kids must be 7 years of age to ride and riders of all abilities are welcome. Prairie dogs, wild horse and buffalo are just a few of the sights you may get to see.


5. Pitchfork Steak Fondue

A steak. A pitchfork. How could you not have fun? Every evening at the Pitchfork Steak Fondue, chefs load steaks onto pitchforks and fondue them western style. You get a great meal served up on a terrace overlooking the Badlands. Oh, and the musical singers come up for a little pre-show entertainment the family will love.

This dining experience is so unique it was even featured on the national television show, Best Of on The Food Network!


Have you visited North Dakota? What did you think?

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Cam and Nicole Wears are newbie parents living in beautiful Vancouver, British Columbia. A passion for travel and outdoor adventure has taken them to over 70 countries on 6 continents in the past 10 years. Learn more about their story here. Follow them on Instagram and subscribe to their monthly newsletter.