Theodore Roosevelt National Park, North Dakota

Cottonwood Campground (NPS Campground)

Theodore Roosevelt National Park, North Dakota



Theodore Roosevelt National Park, North Dakota
Phone: (701) 623-4730

Sites: 76
Recent Rate: $7 7/2015

Latitude: 46.9484644181591
Longitude: -103.528113897881

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Campground Overview
  • Pull-thru Sites Pull-thru Sites yes
  • Big Rig Access Big Rig Access yes
  • Tent Camping Tent Camping yes
  • Restrooms (Plumbed) Restrooms (Plumbed) yes
  • Pit Toilets Pit Toilets yes
  • Showers Showers no
  • $0.00 Shower Fee Shower Fee 0.00
  • Laundry Facilities Laundry Facilities ?
  • $0.00 Laundry Fee Laundry Fee 0.00
  • Dump Station Dump Station no
  • $0.00 Dump Station Fee Dump Station Fee 0.00
  • Propane Available Propane Available no
  • Firewood Available Firewood Available no
  • Cabins / Cottages / Yurts Cabins / Cottages / Yurts no
  • Water Spigot Water Spigot yes
  • Picnic Shelter Picnic Shelter yes
  • RV Wash RV Wash no
  • $0.00 RV Wash Fee RV Wash Fee 0.00
  • Corral Corral no
  • Landing Strip Landing Strip no
  • Overflow Parking Overflow Parking no
Hookups & Connectivity
  • Electric (30 AMP) Electric (30 AMP) no
  • Electric (50 AMP) Electric (50 AMP) no
  • Water Water no
  • Sewer Sewer no
  • WiFi WiFi no
  • $0.00 WiFi Fee WiFi Fee 0.00
  • Cellular Phone Service Cellular Phone Service ?
  • Cellular Phone Providers Cellular Phone Providers
  • Cable or Satellite TV Hookup Cable or Satellite TV Hookup no
  • Phone Phone no
  • Central Modem Central Modem no
Amenities
  • Pets Allowed Pets Allowed yes
  • 0 Maximum Pet Size (lbs.) Maximum Pet Size (lbs.) 0
  • Pool Access Pool Access no
  • Family Friendly Family Friendly yes
  • Playground Playground ?
  • Pet Area Pet Area ?
  • Waterfront Waterfront no
  • Clubhouse Clubhouse no
  • Camp Store Camp Store no
  • Cafe / Snack Bar Cafe / Snack Bar no
  • Business Center Business Center no
  • Group Camping Group Camping yes
  • Meeting Rooms Meeting Rooms no
  • Group Kitchen Group Kitchen no
  • Banquet Facilities Banquet Facilities no
  • Concierge Services Concierge Services no
Recreation
  • Walking Trail(s) Walking Trail(s) yes
  • Recreation Room Recreation Room no
  • Gym/Workout Facilities Gym/Workout Facilities no
  • Beach Access Beach Access no
  • Boat Ramp Boat Ramp no
  • Marina Marina no
  • Boat Rentals Boat Rentals no
  • Fishing Fishing ?
  • Golfing Golfing no
  • Bike Path(s) Bike Path(s) no
  • Bike Rentals Bike Rentals no
  • Hiking Hiking yes
  • Spa Spa no
  • Horseshoe Pit Horseshoe Pit ?
  • Volley Ball Volley Ball ?
  • Sports Field Sports Field no
  • Arcade Games Arcade Games no
  • Live Entertainment Live Entertainment no
  • Amphitheatre Amphitheatre yes
  • Putt Putt Mini-Golf Putt Putt Mini-Golf no
  • Billiards Billiards no
  • Ping Pong Ping Pong no
  • Lake Lake no
  • Pond Pond no
  • River River yes
  • Creek Creek no
  • Ocean Ocean no
  • Water Park Water Park no
  • Casino Casino no

Review Details

Ratings overview

28 Reviews

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Browndogs2

Review Count: 19
States Visited: 9
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: July, 2015 - $14.00
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Great location to visit the NP and Medora area. Had bison in the campground when we checked in. Most sites in our loop were pull-through. Ours was located on end of loop so the configuration made it very difficult to pull into (tight pull through loop) and they had the table and grill on the wrong side. When parked, you would look out into the neighboring site. We found it better to pull in in the opposite direction, but that resulted in us receiving the wrath of the campground host - who stalked the campground in his little cart on a regular basis - stopping any and everyone who he felt erred in some way - from how they parked, how they dried their clothes, to how they walked their dog on the road. Not a friendly person. I was lectured on not being a seasoned RVer (been doing this for nearly 50 years).

Restrooms were dirty most times we used them. As with most NPS campgrounds, no showers available. Park was quiet. Only saw bison in campground once, but did have a horse come through on another day. The ranger presentation in the evening was nice. No dump station. We camped at Cottonwood Campground (NPS Campground) in a Fifth Wheel.

Tips for other Campers:

Best sites are 21 & 23.

If you want a campfire, bring a portable firepit - none available in site - only grills.

Drive the loop road to seen the scenery and view some of the wildlife. The bison tend to be seen in singles or pairs. Go to the north unit where we saw the bison in a large herd.

Medora is a quaint but touristy town. The dinner & show is OK, good to do for the experience but the food is average, but the show was well done. Great views.

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Blu1e

Review Count: 16
States Visited: 8
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: July, 2015 - $7.00
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Has dump station and water at the entrance to the campground. The campground road is blacktop but the site we had was gravel. I was able to maneuver our 37 ft rig on the road but our site was much harder. There were low hanging shrubs and trees and for a pull through site it was quite narrow. Had to do more maneuvering to be able to deploy the slides. Picnic table and fire pit were on the wrong side of the site. We just used it as a stopover on a longer trip. Had buffalo in the site during the night which was cool. I didn't use the campgrounds restrooms. Would stay here again but in a different site. We camped at Cottonwood Campground (NPS Campground) in a Travel Trailer.

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retiredfields

Review Count: 71
States Visited: 21
Helpful Reviews: 4

Date of Stay: June, 2015 - $7.00
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The campground is great. Beautiful location. But, if you drive the campground loop road with a large rig, you are going to hit low trees. It is a tight, one way road, and the trees are not trimmed for a large rig. Too bad NPS just doesn't get it. Modern, large rigs need 13' clearance, not 11'. There are two, large sites (43 and 44). right at the entrance that are good to go. You can make a u-turn and exit, without doing the one way loop. I would not drive the loop road again in a large, tall rig. We camped at Cottonwood Campground (NPS Campground) in a Fifth Wheel.

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bukhrn

Review Count: 36
States Visited: 16
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: June, 2015 - $7.00
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Campground is 5 miles north of Medora, interior roads are paved, narrow, with low branches, and one way, which makes it a little inconvenient for sites on the outside of the loop. Sites are gravel, partially shaded, with picnic table & pedestal grill. Our site, 29, was a very level pull through.
Sites in lower area are for tents and smaller units like Pop ups.
Upper area is . mostly pullthroughs, and more suitable to bigger TV's.
Being a National Park campground, there are no hookups, also no showers or dump station. The buffalo walking 6ft. From our awning, after dark, was an added attraction.
We would definitely stay here again. We camped at Cottonwood Campground (NPS Campground) in a Motorhome.

Tips for other Campers:

ND Cowboy Hall of Fame in Medora, small but very cool.

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Vagabondtayls

Review Count: 36
States Visited: 17
Helpful Reviews: 6

Date of Stay: August, 2014 - $5.00
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This is primitive camping at its best. There is potable water available at the entrance to the campground but no other services. Their are two loops, the left loop appropriate for small pop-up trailers and tents, and the right loop with pull-through sites. Many sites would be difficult for a big rig due to low branches and leaning trees. Two sites, 42 and 43, are on the left side of the blacktop parking area across from the self registration kiosk. We had #43 and positioned our door and windows to face the meadow. It was level with lots of room for our slides and truck. It made for a surprisingly private site. Considering the rain we had on our last night, it also made for an easier pack up to leave. We enjoyed many of the programs and trails offered by the NPS and thoroughly enjoyed our stay here. We camped at Cottonwood Campground (NPS Campground) in a Fifth Wheel.

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campingandtravels.blogspot.com

Review Count: 107
States Visited: 34
Helpful Reviews: 2

Date of Stay: September, 2013 - $10.00
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Very nice campground - well treed, so a big tight for big rigs (ours is a 38' FW). Has fresh water fill, but no dump/sani station - need to pay $5 at local campground in Medora if you need to dump. Had one of the friendliest, most helpful, initiative-taking host we've ever experienced! Quiet & dark at night. Would come here again, for sure. We camped at Cottonwood Campground (NPS Campground) in a Fifth Wheel.

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davern

Review Count: 5
States Visited: 3
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: September, 2013 - $5.00
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A wonderful back to nature experience. Buffalo wander through the campground. Sites have privacy, but it's hard to find a site after mid-afternoon. Would surely return here if our travels ever take us that way again. We camped at Cottonwood Campground (NPS Campground) in a Travel Trailer.

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BwanaPC

Review Count: 4
States Visited: 3
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: August, 2013 - $20.00
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WOW. Loved this park and campground. The traffic jam on the way into the campground could be excused, due to the cause... Bison, lots of Bison, of all ages. There are volunteers that were more than helpful in pointing out open spots. The Bison came through while I was setting up, so that slowed things down, then one decided that my wee tent trailer looked like a likely scratching spot, so that made things rock for a bit! I had a spot near the entrance, where the self check in station is located. The downside were the other campers, why everyone feels the need to idle their rigs whilst yelling back and forth parking instructions and campground rules I'm not sure... But they did. Also, if you get to the park late, you can't try to park where you feel like it, the nice Ranger man will make you move, even if you have the largest rig this side if the rockies. This park is a gem, I hope to return. We camped at Cottonwood Campground (NPS Campground) in a Tent Trailer.

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Bob & Bonnie

Review Count: 39
States Visited: 17
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: May, 2013 - $5.00
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Wonderful park setting next to the Little Missouri River (not much water right now). Bison walking through our campsite at wake-up time (we kept our distance when out of the camper). Facilities were well maintained and clean. It is off season and with senior pass it cost us $2.50 for the night. Wish we could say that every night. Recommend! We camped at Cottonwood Campground (NPS Campground) in a Truck Camper.

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catsinacan23FB

Review Count: 28
States Visited: 11
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: September, 2012 - $5.00
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This national park easily falls into the "DO NOT MISS" category. The scenery and wildlife are as close to what must have been 100 years ago as you can get. The campground has 2 loops, back-in and pull-through. The back-in loops all seemed too small for our 23 ft trailer, so most rigs will need one of the 37 pull-throughs. All of these are very private, many are mindbogglingly long. No hook-ups, but potable water spigots are conveniently placed between sites. Our tour of the scenic loop was interrupted by group of bison that just didn't want to move off the road, so we ate lunch in the truck and stared at each other for a while. Great scenery, hiking and ranger programs. If you go after Labor Day, the nearby town of Medora is starting to shut down a bit, so provision before you come. Worth every minute it takes to get here! We camped at Cottonwood Campground (NPS Campground) in a Travel Trailer.

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socerbruse

Review Count: 13
States Visited: 8
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: August, 2012 - $10.00
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This park was great! We drove around the park in the morning looking for open sites, as they are all first come first serve, and found several nice sites available. The sites were very private; you couldn't see your neighbors while sitting by the grill/firepit area. The other really nice thing about this park is that you can run your generator from 8am-8pm. This was really nice, as you were able to use the power if needed during the day, but it was extremely quiet during the night. Since you were already in the park, it was easy access to get to the scenic route, which allowed us to drive during the best parts of the day and see a lot of wildlife. We would definitely stay here again. We camped at Cottonwood Campground (NPS Campground) in a Motorhome.

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norootsnow

Review Count: 112
States Visited: 34
Helpful Reviews: 4

Date of Stay: July, 2012 - $5.00
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Come self contained: no services. You can fill up water directly across from camp host site as you come in on the left. Nightly wildlife shows as the bison and wild horse's come through the campground to the river. Great scenic drive in the cg. Would come back again! We camped at Cottonwood Campground (NPS Campground) in a Motorhome.

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villager04

Review Count: 9
States Visited: 9
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: July, 2012 - $5.00
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This is just a great Nat'l Park. $10 to enter park and $5 a night (senior) lifts my heart. We had a 30' motorhome and had no problem finding a nice pull through site that was plenty spacious, private, and with a spectacular view. Walking the dog was an absolute pleasure. No water, electric or sewer, but the whole ambiance of the park more than makes up for it. Besides, that's the way Theodore Roosevelt saw it. It was so great to get away from the typical RV parks and really enjoy the outdoors and natural splendor of North Dakota. Can't wait to go back. We camped at Cottonwood Campground (NPS Campground) in a Motorhome.

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Minnebago

Review Count: 14
States Visited: 6
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: June, 2012 - $10.00
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Sites are large and shaded and many have beautiful views of the park. Wildlife frequent the campground, including bison and wild horses. Bathrooms were kept fairly clean. Nice place to stay for a night or two in a beautiful area. We camped at Cottonwood Campground (NPS Campground) in a Truck Camper.

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Fulltime 5er

Review Count: 63
States Visited: 31
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: May, 2012 - $3.00
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Rate of $2.50 reflects Golden Age discount. Nice peaceful campground about 5 miles out of town. The bison were in the campground and totally ignored all of the campers. Saw lots of beautiful country on the loop. Drinking water when you enter the park. Otherwise boon-docking. We camped at Cottonwood Campground (NPS Campground) in a Fifth Wheel.

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