North Dakota is an outdoor lover’s playground. Whether you’re into hiking, mountain biking, birding, agritourism, fishing, boating or golfing, you’ll never find a shortage of things to do in the Peace Garden State. You’ll need to visit North Dakota more than once to take in all of its unique culture, history and outdoor activities, but the following three places are ones you shouldn’t miss on your next trip.
Sheyenne National Grassland
Located in the southeastern portion of the state, the Sheyenne National Grassland offers a diverse natural landscape for outdoor exploration. The 70,180 acres of public land are home to natural landscapes ranging from sand dunes to deltaic plains. The unique environment, created by an ancient river, offers an ideal setting for outdoor activities like horseback riding, camping, backpacking, hiking, hunting, photography and more.
Theodore Roosevelt National Park
Theodore Roosevelt traveled to the Dakota area in 1883 to hunt, and that single trip led the future president to create a conservation policy that still benefits what is now the State of North Dakota. This one-of-a-kind national park, located in North Dakota’s stunning badlands, offers everything from guided ranger programs, visitor centers and museums to horseback riding, camping, hiking, fishing, cross-country skiing and snowshoeing. Get outside and enjoy the best of North Dakota in all seasons at this picturesque park that changed Theodore Roosevelt and our country’s future.
Sullys Hill National Game Preserve
The Sullys Hill National Game Preserve is one of the best places in North Dakota to see the state’s native wildlife in its natural habitat. The winter months are loaded with elk, bison, chickadees, woodpeckers and more, and you can admire them all on snowshoeing excursions, hiking trails or scenic drives. The park is open daily from 8 a.m. until sunset; however, it’s important to keep in mind that the Sullys Hill Overlook and Devils Lake Vista Loop are closed for visitor safety in the winter months.