5 Parks near Medora, North Dakota
Sep 2015 - $6.00
This quiet little campground is located near the Theodore Roosevelt National Park about a mile north of I-94 in North Dakota. There are about 37 sites total, each with tightly packs gravel pads. Most sites are level, but there are a few that could be a challenge. Every site has a relatively large grassy lawn, picnic table, and fire ring.
This is completely dry campground. There are no hookups (electric, water, or sewer) at the individual sites. There are pit toilets, water spigots, and pay-per-use showers, but water was not available at the time this review was written. According to the camp host, lightning struck the water pump in 2011 and it has not been repaired since. There is no dump station either, so dump your tanks and fill up on fresh water before you arrive. If you are solar powered, you are in luck because at least half of the sites are sunny.
Internet was a bit of a challenge. We were able to get 4 bars of AT&T voice, but no data. On Verizon, our standard reception was ranging between 1 bar of 1x to 2 bars of 3G, also with no data. Once we hooked up our range extender though, we were able to get a solid 2 bars of Verizon LTE and data that was fast enough to stream movies with little to no lag.
This was a great place to stay and we will stay here again the next time we are passing through on I-94. - technogypsies
Oct 2014 - $20.00
We stayed here because it was the only campground in Medora that was still open. We had water and 30 amp elec-- no sewer but they have a dump station. Our site was small, sort of level and had some gravel but was a little muddy. Not a great place for non-horse owner/rider camping but OK for the price. The personnel nice and friendly. If we're ever in Medora again we'll stay here... unless another campground is open. - tajmahaulers
Jul 2013 - $25.00
Buffalo Gap Guest Ranch & RV Park, only 6 miles outside of Medora. Medora is I-94 Exits 27 and 24. Exit 18 is the Buffalo Gap Exit. After the exit, the last 1.5 miles is over a dirt road, wide but with several spots where it is like driving over a washboard. Do not be discouraged. Just GO SLOW and you'll be fine. We are a 36' MH with a tow car. What a different and interesting place to stay. They have 10 sites with full hookups (only 3 sites have 50A service). These sites weren't really laid out for RVs. They were laid out so that their customers can have a place to park their horse trailers. You see, about 30 yards in front of where we were parked, there is a rodeo arena corral. People come to this ranch to train their horses, to learn horsemanship, and to learn, with their horses, to work with cattle. We spent 3 nights here, and they were working their horses from about 7AM until close to dark. But, they weren't at all noisy. It certainly was interesting to, at night, hear horses neighing and nickering instead of trains or airplanes. The Ranch has full restaurant services serving 3 meals a day. The food wasn't great. They have rooms for people to stay in. They don't offer "guest ranch" type activities like trail rides, etc. If you want to go on a trail ride, you have to bring your own horse. There is no swimming pool or playground. The facilities were fine except the spaces were a little close to each other. It was certainly an experience watching people hone their riding skills, breaking and taming young horses, and then watching them learn how to cut cattle out of a herd. Our stay here certainly qualifies as one of our "mini" adventures! The owner told me that he has plans to add 30 more sites with pull-throughs. - jayww
Sep 2015 - $40.00
Labor Day weekend, so the place was jammed. We also had a severe T.Storm, so experienced the worst conditions. The sites are very tight, gravel and grass. Some of the roads became rather flooded. Some units were oversized for the site, so vehicles were partially blocking roads. The rear bath building was closed, which is not good for a busy weekend. The pool was already closed for the season, also not good for the last big weekend of the year. All in all, it seemed rather pricey for the amenities. Having written all that, the location is really great. It is walking distance (on a paved path) to town and to part of the Maah Daah Hey Trail. The second left turn is entrance to the T. Roosevelt Nat. Park. Would stay here again, but still whine about the price. - SAU51
Sep 2015 - $40.00
Other reviews pretty much sum up this place. Dusty and haphazard sites way too close together. Its run by the Medora foundation and they do a great job with lots of entertainment offerings in town but they should make this park nicer for the price they charge. We had rooftop satellite that worked, their WiFi wasn't too bad and location was great. The RV sites need to be about 40% farther apart and more defined with some landscaping, even local scrub would work. - gardener
Aug 2015 - $40.00
After 6 weeks of travel and multiple campgrounds we would stay here again. The spaces are average for an RV park, nice long pull through. The pads were gravel and fairly level. The sites had little grass but it is the high dry prairie so this is not unusual. Staff was friendly and helpful. Park was clean and maintained. Laundry was reasonable and clean. Right next to the national park. Within walking distance to downtown. There is a shuttle available for the Medora show. - luv2gowalkabout
Sep 2015 - $34.00
This is the Worst park we have ever been too. Very dirty, run down, unfriendly and sewer gas smell. Really quite awful. - Roses
Sep 2015 - $29.00
There probably isn't another park with more divergent views and scores.
This is a family owned park. The lady in the office is third generation; she was raised here at the park. Now she and her husband run it, though extended family are still about.
This is a big park, over 90 sites with overflow on adjacent property. It is in walking distance of the town of Medora with its shopping and activities.
This is the best park in Medora and is used all season long. We have stayed a week and even in September it is at least 50% full. This is part of the wear that is evident. The park is always in use.
RV sites are almost all back-in, gravel, and level. Sites are wide enough for awnings and/or slides and a picnic table. RV and tent sites have a choice of services: elect 30 or 50, sewer, water, whatever configuration there is cable at 2.00 for all. It is excellent cable, we put our Dish away; over 60 channels. Utilities were convenient and hook up easy.
Medora is cut out of the Badlands where scrub brush is the norm.
The grass around the sites and the lawns here at Red Trail is a struggle too. The grounds looks like a neighborhood ball field after a summer of play, a little thin, a little worn, particularly around RV sites, tent sites look better. The grounds are maintained as clean and orderly as traffic will allow.
The bathrooms are basically clean and tended to daily. They probably need some updating but are adequate and met our daily needs.
There are no groceries in Medora, the store here has a surprising variety of food and rv necessities. This is a good park, well run by a caring family that finds itself with the only game in town. There is a family tradition of good service, even the kids, and it shows. We enjoyed our stay. - Jack B
Sep 2015 - $31.00
Lady at check in wasn't overly friendly. She was yelling at her kid when we walked in and didn't provide WiFi password so we had no access to the Internet through the campground. The park was quite and relaxing but the roads in the park needed some maintenance and the buildings looked a bit rundown needed a good coat of paint and trees around the roads by check in needed to be trimmed back for larger rigs. I noticed at night a sewer gas smell in the park as I walked through with our dogs. - LabDad2
Sep 2015 - $15.00
This park is usually the first night and last night of a several week trip to Montana and Wyoming. It is just the right distance from home for one hard day of driving.
I am there in the fall and at times there have been few or no other campers, other times the horse portion of the campground a bit busy.
It is quiet and away from interstate noise, will at times hear trains but along way off. Have your choice of open or in tree cover depending on preference and rig size. Place was well kept and clean, the park ranger very nice.
This is the type of quiet off the beaten path places I always try and find, hate crowed and overly commercial campgrounds. - Twinpups
Jun 2014 - $10.00
$10 per night was for a primitive site on level gravel with a fire ring and picnic table. Additionally, we purchased the annual park permit for $20 for our RV and $20 for our tow vehicle. There were water spigots throughout the park as well as at the dump station. There were very nice pay shower stalls within the campground. If you like walking/hiking/biking/horse riding there are trails and roadways inside and outside the park. The southern entrance to the 120-mile Mah Daah Hey trail begins in the campground. The main campground loop is out in the open and any size RV will fit on the sites. The Muddy Breaks loop, which includes corrals, is devoted to campers with horses. The Cedar loop of the park is set up for camping units that are no higher than 10’ or wider than 9’. The last half mile drive into the campground is on a red dirt road which is quite dusty when dry and muddy when wet. The night sky is gorgeous, as are the sunsets. The campground is out in the country but only three miles from the town of Medora and the southern unit of the Theodore Roosevelt NP. There is some shopping in Medora and several good restaurants but prices seem a bit high. Cell phone service on AT&T is two bars of 4G. Verizon data coverage is was 4G LTE so we used our Millenicom Jetpack for Internet access. There was no over-the-air TV. - DD Rolling Ranch