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Coal Creek Campground

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A stay at this campground provides visitors with the sense of sleeping under the stars in a remote location while being an easy 10-mile drive away from historic Medora, ND! Explore the rugged badlands, hike the Maah Daah Hey Trail, or take a drive and enjoy the Custer Auto Tour.

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Coal Creek Campground is located in North Dakota

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46.77667310211535 N
103.5159570166089 W

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  • WiFi
  • Verizon
  • AT&T
  • T-Mobile

Site Types

  • Tent Sites
  • RV Sites
  • Equestrian


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  • ADA Access
  • Picnic Table
  • Phone Service
  • Drinking Water
  • Toilets
  • Alcohol
  • Pets
  • Fires


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1 Review

Matthew B.The Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed Jun. 4, 2024

Perfect out of the way campground

A wonderful little USFS campground about 10 miles south of Medora and the South Unit of Theodore Roosevelt National Park. The road turns to dirt/gravel just after leaving town, but is smooth and well maintained for the oil/gas companies. The campgrounds in the NP were full so we were worried people would spill out into this spot, but there was nobody here when we got in on a Sunday morning in early June, and only a handful of other campers came and went during our weeklong stay. Road nearby is very quite, with only the occasional oil/gas work truck basically. The trailhead had a few people in and out. Almost every site has a good view of the surrounding colorful North Dakota badlands, but the sites on top of the hill (5-10) have a better vantage point. Overall a great peaceful spot to detox, relax, and serve as a basecamp for the south unit of Teddy Roosevelt. Definitely adding this to our go to places when visiting TRNP or even just passing through NoDak.

Facilities: Pair of vault toilets near the check-in kiosk, clean and well stocked; spur to access the Maah Dah Hey trail from the campground; campground is fully fenced with cattle guard at entrance to keep out larger animals

Cell Service: Surprisingly great for both Verizon and T-mobile, more than enough to work with

Starlink: While we didn't need to use it, every site has a good open view of the sky

Solar: Every site has a good open view of the sky to rake in the rays

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  • Review photo of Coal Creek Campground by Matthew B., June 4, 2024
  • Review photo of Coal Creek Campground by Matthew B., June 4, 2024

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the max vehicle length at Coal Creek Campground?

Coal Creek Campground allows vehicles up to 35 feet.

Are fires allowed at Coal Creek Campground?

Yes, according to campers on, fires are allowed at Coal Creek Campground, although make sure to check current fire restrictions in the area.

Does Coal Creek Campground have wifi?

No, according to campers on, Coal Creek Campground does not have wifi.