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Best RV Camping Sites Near Dakota Prairie National Grasslands, ND (28)

    Camper-submitted photo from Cottonwood Campground — Theodore Roosevelt National Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Cottonwood Campground — Theodore Roosevelt National Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Cottonwood Campground — Theodore Roosevelt National Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Cottonwood Campground — Theodore Roosevelt National Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Cottonwood Campground — Theodore Roosevelt National Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Cottonwood Campground — Theodore Roosevelt National Park

    1.

    Cottonwood Campground — Theodore Roosevelt National Park

    65 Reviews
    305 Photos
    230 Saves
    Medora, North Dakota

    Overview

    For people visiting the South Unit of Theodore Roosevelt National Park, Cottonwood Campground is a great place to stay. Located five miles (8 km) from the entrance to the South Unit of the park, the campground is open year-round. To make a reservation for the group site please visit this the Cottonwood Group Site (ND ) page.

    Recreation

    Hikers can access the estimated 70 miles (21 km) of trails within a short distance of the campground. Visit the Hiking and Trail Information page on the park website or stop at a Visitor Center for more details. Located immediately adjacent to the Little Missouri River and filled with Cottonwood trees bird watching in the campground can be a rewarding experience. Watch for Bison that can be seen traveling through the campground on their way to a stop at the river. Just a few miles from the campground is the Peaceful Valley Ranch. A former ranch from Theodore Roosevelt's time, the location also serves as one of the best sites in the park for outstanding night sky viewing.______

    Facilities

    Hikers can access the estimated 70 miles (21 km) of trails within a short distance of the campground. Visit the Hiking and Trail Information page on the park website or stop at a Visitor Center for more details. Located immediately adjacent to the Little Missouri River and filled with Cottonwood trees bird watching in the campground can be a rewarding experience. Watch for Bison that can be seen traveling through the campground on their way to a stop at the river. Just a few miles from the campground is the Peaceful Valley Ranch. A former ranch from Theodore Roosevelt's time, the location also serves as one of the best sites in the park for outstanding night sky viewing.______

    Natural Features

    The Little Missouri River is the central, unifying feature of this wild and broken land where, as a young man, Theodore Roosevelt ranched and hunted in the 1880s. The park is part of both the Northern Great Plains and the West, blending a rich natural beauty with diverse human history. The rugged topography, with its flora and fauna, also provides an opportunity to discover the badlands environment as Roosevelt once did. It is a place to experience a land and way of life that helped shape Theodore Roosevelt's attitudes and philosophy regarding conservation. Cottonwood trees surrounding the campsite turn golden in the fall. Although the campground is moderately forested, most of the campsites are in partial to full sun but visitors can cool off in the cold river when temperatures peak during summer.__

    Nearby Attractions

    The town of Medora has shopping, restaurants, amenities and the Medora Musical is located approximately five miles (8 km) to the south. The Little Missouri National Grassland is the largest National Grassland in the nation at 1.03 million acres (416,826 ha). It is located in western North Dakota and is managed by the Medora Ranger District in Dickinson, ND and the McKenzie Ranger District in Watford City, ND. The National Grassland provides additional recreation opportunities in the area.__

    • Pets
    • Phone Service
    • RVs
    • Tents
    • Group
    • Cabins

    $30 / night

    Camper-submitted photo from Medora Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Medora Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Medora Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Medora Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Medora Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Medora Campground

    2.

    Medora Campground

    36 Reviews
    93 Photos
    136 Saves
    Medora, North Dakota

    If you're looking for campgrounds in Medora, ND, consider Medora Campground. Conveniently located on the west side of Medora, the Medora Campground is the perfect place to set up your basecamp for adventure in the Badlands.

    You can choose between our hook-up spaces or our primitive camping area, whichever makes your Medora experience perfect. Facility amenities include:

    -150 campsites of varying sizes.

    -FREE Wi-Fi

    -Access to bathroom and shower facilities

    -RV waste station

    -Playground for the kids

    -And a new General Store with many of the provisions you might need -- plus a laundry facility to help clean up your gear after a day in the Badlands.

    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Electric Hookups
    • Phone Service
    • Reservable
    • ADA Access

    $30 - $60 / night

    Camper-submitted photo from Dispersed Site - Scoria Pit
    Camper-submitted photo from Dispersed Site - Scoria Pit
    Camper-submitted photo from Dispersed Site - Scoria Pit
    Camper-submitted photo from Dispersed Site - Scoria Pit
    Camper-submitted photo from Dispersed Site - Scoria Pit
    Camper-submitted photo from Dispersed Site - Scoria Pit

    3.

    Dispersed Site - Scoria Pit

    30 Reviews
    76 Photos
    298 Saves
    Medora, North Dakota

    Many people enjoy the solitude and primitive experience of camping away from developed campgrounds and other campers. Dispersed camping is the term used for camping anywhere in the National Grasslands OUTSIDE of a designated campground. Dispersed camping means there are no toilets, no picnic tables, no trash cans, no treated water, and no fire grates. Typically, dispersed camping is NOT allowed in the vicinity of developed recreation areas such as campgrounds, boat ramps, picnic areas or trailheads. There are extra responsibilities and skills that are necessary for dispersed camping. It's your responsibility to know these before you try this new experience.

    Driving cross-country (off a road or trail) by motorized, wheeled vehicles is prohibited in the National Grasslands. Along certain roads, vehicles may drive up to 300 feet off road to camp. These roads are shown on the Grassland's Motor Vehicle Use Map.

    Picking a Campsite

    If you are going to an area where others have camped before, pick a site that's been used before. Plants, soil and wildlife are impacted by new campsites, so using existing ones will minimize your impact on the grassland. If there is no existing campsite, then follow these Leave No Trace guidelines:

    Camp on bare soil if possible, to avoid damaging or killing plants and grass. Do NOT camp within 200 feet of any water source, plants near water are especially fragile. Don't camp in the middle of a pasture or clearing. Make your campsite less visible so that other visitors will see a "wild" setting. Campfires

    Many wildfires are caused by human activity, typically escaped campfires from dispersed campers. Campfires are allowed when you are dispersed camping UNLESS there are fire restrictions in effect due to high fire danger conditions. It is YOUR responsibility to know if fire restrictions are in effect before you go camping. Use existing fire rings if they exist. Minimize the scarring of new rocks, soil and plants by using existing fire rings. Clear an area of combustible material six feet away from a campfire to reduce the chance of it spreading into a wildfire. NEVER LEAVE A FIRE UNATTENDED. You should have a bucket, shovel, and axe available to control or extinguish escaped fire. BEFORE YOU LEAVE YOUR CAMPFIRE, MAKE SURE IT IS DEAD OUT. You should be able to put your whole hand into the ashes without being burned and it should be cool to the touch. Protect Water Quality

    Water gets contaminated by visitors who don't take care of their human waste or their garbage and food properly. To dispose of feces, dig a hole 6 inches deep and AT LEAST 200 FEET AWAY FROM ANY WATER SOURCE (creeks, wetlands, springs, or lakes). When you're done, fill the hole with the dirt you dug up and take your toilet paper with you to dispose of in a proper waste container. Never defecate or leave toilet paper on top of the ground, it could easily get into the local water source and contaminate it. Wash your body, dishes, etc., and dispose of waste water AT LEAST 200 FEET AWAY FROM ANY WATER SOURCE. Do not use ANY soap directly in a water source. Use biodegradable soap.

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    • Phone Service
    • RVs
    • Tents
    • Group
    • Dispersed
    Camper-submitted photo from Sully Creek State Park — Sully Creek State Recreation Area
    Camper-submitted photo from Sully Creek State Park — Sully Creek State Recreation Area
    Camper-submitted photo from Sully Creek State Park — Sully Creek State Recreation Area
    Camper-submitted photo from Sully Creek State Park — Sully Creek State Recreation Area
    Camper-submitted photo from Sully Creek State Park — Sully Creek State Recreation Area
    Camper-submitted photo from Sully Creek State Park — Sully Creek State Recreation Area

    4.

    Sully Creek State Park — Sully Creek State Recreation Area

    27 Reviews
    78 Photos
    100 Saves
    Medora, North Dakota

    Just south of Theodore Roosevelt National Park, and a couple miles from the town of Medora, Sully Creek State Park is located in the heart of North Dakota’s Badlands. This small park provides easy access to the Little Missouri River for paddlers and anglers, and serves as a launch point for the 170-mile Maah Daah Hey and the 50-mile Maah Daah Hey II trails. These two scenic trails invite hikers, mountain bikers and horseback riders to discover the Badlands’ peaks, plateaus, prairies, and wetlands—just as Roosevelt saw them more than a century ago. Sully Creek also makes an ideal basecamp for exploring the nearby national park in a quieter setting, or if the park’s facilities are full.

    Sully Creek offers 41 spacious campsites in three open, grassy areas: Whitetail Flats, Cedar, and Little Muddy Breaks. Whitetail Flats offers open, grassy, pull-through sites that can accommodate large RVs; Cedar is a wooded loop with pull-through and back-in sites for smaller RVs and tent campers; Little Muddy Breaks is an open area designated for horse campers, and features corrals and a round pen. All sites are equipped with picnic tables, and there are vault toilets, a shower house, drinking water, and a dump station available; hookups are not available at this location. Dogs are permitted in the park, but must remain leashed. Camping is available from April through November. Campsites are $12/night; reservations accepted.

    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Electric Hookups
    • Phone Service
    • Reservable
    • ADA Access
    Camper-submitted photo from Buffalo Gap Campground (ND)
    Camper-submitted photo from Buffalo Gap Campground (ND)
    Camper-submitted photo from Buffalo Gap Campground (ND)
    Camper-submitted photo from Buffalo Gap Campground (ND)
    Camper-submitted photo from Buffalo Gap Campground (ND)
    Camper-submitted photo from Buffalo Gap Campground (ND)

    5.

    Buffalo Gap Campground (ND)

    18 Reviews
    54 Photos
    122 Saves
    Medora, North Dakota

    Overview

    Buffalo Gap campground, located in the heart of western North Dakota.__

    Recreation

    There is a trail near by that is called the Buffalo Gap Trail, perfect for a day hike. You can also it to the Maah Daah Hey trail using the Buffalo Gap Trail for longer hikes.

    Facilities

    There is a trail near by that is called the Buffalo Gap Trail, perfect for a day hike. You can also it to the Maah Daah Hey trail using the Buffalo Gap Trail for longer hikes.

    Natural Features

    Here you are surrounded by colorful buttes. During your stay you may have Prong horns, Mule deer and White tail deer come through your site. This area is good for birders and plant enthusiast during the sping and summer months. Perfect for all year outdoor adventures.____

    Nearby Attractions

    It a short drive to the small town of Medora and enterance to Theodore Roosevelt National Park.__

    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Phone Service
    • RVs
    • Tents
    • Group

    $20 / night

    Camper-submitted photo from Red Trail Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Red Trail Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Red Trail Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Red Trail Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Red Trail Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Red Trail Campground

    6.

    Red Trail Campground

    15 Reviews
    15 Photos
    38 Saves
    Medora, North Dakota

    Red Trail is a family owned and operated campground, providing campers with a second home for over 44 years. We try to provide friendly and professional service to make your stay as enjoyable as possible. We have been told "You come as a stranger and leave as a friend". We hope that you will feel the same way. We try to make you feel like coming back to visit Medora and stay with us at the Red Trail Campground.

    Red Trail Campground is nestled below a butte on the southeast edge of historic Medora which takes its name from the wife of its founder, a French nobleman, the Marquis De Mores. Though his dreams of a cattle empire and meat packing plant have long since vanished, the town survived to witness, and retain in history. For a short time Teddy Roosevelt stayed in Medora opening two cattle ranches. Custer camped in Medora while on his way to Montana. Many other notables besides these have stayed in Medora. Come see the Medora Musical, learn a little more about us, where the west picks up its heels and parts of history began. Browse through our shops, enjoy the authentic western food at any of our restaurants, look though our museums, North Dakota Cowboy Hall of Fame, and drive though the Theodore Roosevelt National Park. That is the Medora experience.

    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Electric Hookups
    • Phone Service
    • Reservable
    • ADA Access

    $27 - $46 / night

    Camper-submitted photo from Cottonwood Campground — Grand Canyon National Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Cottonwood Campground — Grand Canyon National Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Cottonwood Campground — Grand Canyon National Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Cottonwood Campground — Grand Canyon National Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Cottonwood Campground — Grand Canyon National Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Cottonwood Campground — Grand Canyon National Park

    7.

    Cottonwood Campground — Grand Canyon National Park

    9 Reviews
    52 Photos
    108 Saves
    Medora, North Dakota

    Overview

    For people visiting the South Unit of Theodore Roosevelt National Park, Cottonwood Campground is a great place to stay. Located five miles (8 km) from the entrance to the South Unit of the park, the campground is open year-round.____ This reservation section is for reserving the group site at the Cottonwood Campground. Reservations for the group campsite go on sale March 1 for the camping season. If you are interested in reservations for an individual camp site at the Cottonwood Campground please see the Cottonwood Campground (ND) section. The group site serves as a great central camping area providing easy driving access to a varitey of locations and activities.____

    Recreation

    Hikers can access the estimated 70 miles (21 km) of trails within a short distance of the campground. Visit the Hiking and Trail Information page on the park website or stop at a Visitor Center for more details. Located immediately adjacent to the Little Missouri River and filled with Cottonwood trees bird watching in the campground can be a rewarding experience. Watch for Bison that can be seen traveling through the campground on their way to a stop at the river. Just a few miles from the campground is the Peaceful Valley Ranch. A former ranch from Theodore Roosevelt's time, the location also serves as one of the best sites in the park for outstanding night sky viewing.____

    Facilities

    Hikers can access the estimated 70 miles (21 km) of trails within a short distance of the campground. Visit the Hiking and Trail Information page on the park website or stop at a Visitor Center for more details. Located immediately adjacent to the Little Missouri River and filled with Cottonwood trees bird watching in the campground can be a rewarding experience. Watch for Bison that can be seen traveling through the campground on their way to a stop at the river. Just a few miles from the campground is the Peaceful Valley Ranch. A former ranch from Theodore Roosevelt's time, the location also serves as one of the best sites in the park for outstanding night sky viewing.____

    Natural Features

    The Little Missouri River is the central, unifying feature of this wild and broken land where, as a young man, Theodore Roosevelt ranched and hunted in the 1880s. The park is part of both the Northern Great Plains and the West, blending a rich natural beauty with diverse human history. The rugged topography, with its flora and fauna, also provides an opportunity to discover the badlands environment as Roosevelt once did. It is a place to experience a land and way of life that helped shape Theodore Roosevelt's attitudes and philosophy regarding conservation. Cottonwood trees surrounding the campsite turn golden in the fall. Although the campground is moderately forested, most of the campsites are in partial to full sun but visitors can cool off in the cold river when temperatures peak during summer.

    Nearby Attractions

    The town of Medora has shopping, restaurants, amenities and the Medora Musical is located approximately five miles (8 km) to the south. The Little Missouri National Grassland is the largest National Grassland in the nation at 1.03 million acres (416,826 ha). It is located in western North Dakota and is managed by the Medora Ranger District in Dickinson, ND and the McKenzie Ranger District in Watford City, ND. The National Grassland provides additional recreation opportunities in the area.

    • Pets
    • RVs
    • Tents
    • Group
    • Drinking Water
    • Toilets

    $30 / night

    Camper-submitted photo from Makoshika State Park Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Makoshika State Park Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Makoshika State Park Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Makoshika State Park Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Makoshika State Park Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Makoshika State Park Campground

    8.

    Makoshika State Park Campground

    38 Reviews
    171 Photos
    149 Saves
    Glendive, Montana

    Makoshika State Park Campground, near Glendive, MT, is a gem for anyone looking to immerse themselves in stunning badlands scenery. This place is open year-round and offers a mix of tent, RV, glamping, and yurt accommodations. The campground is known for its breathtaking views and a variety of activities that make it a must-visit spot.

    One of the standout features here is the incredible hiking trails. Visitors rave about the scenic drives and hikes, with amazing views all around. If you're into disc golf, you're in for a treat. The park boasts a very cool disc golf course that winds through the unique landscape, making it a fun and challenging experience.

    For those interested in paleontology, this park is a treasure trove. Dinosaur fossils have been found here, and you might just stumble upon one yourself while exploring. The geography of the area is spectacular, with plenty of opportunities for both easy and challenging hikes.

    The campground itself is pretty straightforward. There are vault toilets, potable water, and picnic tables at the sites. Fires are allowed, and you can even find firewood on-site. Pets are welcome, so feel free to bring your furry friends along. Just be aware that there are no showers, sewer hookups, or sanitary dump stations, so plan accordingly.

    Some campers have noted that the road coming in can be rough, so take it slow. But once you're here, the peace and quiet, along with the stunning sunrises and sunsets, make it all worthwhile. Whether you're here for a night or a longer stay, Makoshika State Park Campground offers a unique and memorable experience.

    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Electric Hookups
    • Phone Service
    • Reservable
    • ADA Access
    Camper-submitted photo from Boots Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Boots Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Boots Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Boots Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Boots Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Boots Campground

    9.

    Boots Campground

    4 Reviews
    7 Photos
    14 Saves
    Medora, North Dakota

    Boots RV and Cabin Campground is located one mile outside of Historic Medora, ND. We have 16 RV spots with full electrical and water hookups, as well as 3 cabins for daily VRBO/Airbnb rentals. This is the perfect campground if you’re looking for a spacious place to stay with beautiful views of the badlands outside Theodore Roosevelt National Park. Indulge yourself in Medora’s activities full of history, incredible scenery, inspiring hikes, and camping!

    We can accommodate RVs up to 60 ft with 30/50 amp, full hookups, pull-throughs and back-ins. WiFi available!

    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Electric Hookups
    • Phone Service
    • Reservable
    • ADA Access

    $40 / night

    Camper-submitted photo from Little Missouri National Grassland
    Camper-submitted photo from Little Missouri National Grassland
    Camper-submitted photo from Little Missouri National Grassland
    Camper-submitted photo from Little Missouri National Grassland
    Camper-submitted photo from Little Missouri National Grassland
    Camper-submitted photo from Little Missouri National Grassland

    10.

    Little Missouri National Grassland

    3 Reviews
    12 Photos
    20 Saves
    Medora, North Dakota

    Little Missouri National Grassland is located in western North Dakota, USA. At 1,033,271 acres (418,150 ha), it is the largest grassland in the country.[1] Enclaved within its borders is Theodore Roosevelt National Park, which is managed by the National Park Service (and therefore not included in the preceding statistics). The Little Missouri National Grassland was once a part of the Custer National Forest, but is now a part of the Dakota Prairie Grasslands, a National Forest unit consisting entirely of National Grasslands. A predominant feature of the grassland is colorful and beautiful badlands and rugged terrain extensively eroded by wind and water. It is a mixed grass prairie, meaning it has both long and short grass. The boundaries of the grasslands on certain maps can be misleading. Within the boundaries of the national grassland are significant portions of state-owned and privately owned land, much of it leased by cattle ranchers for grazing. Overall, in descending order of land area, it is located in parts of McKenzie, Billings, Slope, and Golden Valley counties. White Butte, North Dakota's highest point, is located in the extreme southeast corner of the grassland, south of the town of Amidon. The grassland is administered by the Forest Service as part of the Dakota Prairie Grasslands from offices in Bismarck, North Dakota. There are local ranger district offices in Dickinson and Watford City.

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