Outdoor Adventures Await in North Dakota

From paddleboard and kayaking adventures to horseback riding and biking, you'll find adventure around every bend

The “Great Outdoors” in North Dakota is a little bit greater here than it is in many other places because of the diversity in what’s offered. Here’s it’s possible to paddleboard, bike and kayak during one of our long summer days. A person could canoe, ride horse and hike – again – on one sunny, long, glorious day. 

Outdoor enthusiasts may have their own gear and a map and know exactly where they are going. Other may not. For those, North Dakota has outfitters and guides available to lead the way.

Fun on or in the water comes in many forms, and it’s not just swimming. Book a trip down the Missouri River or on Lake Sakakawea with Missouri River Kayak Adventures in Bismarck. It offers rentals, guided tours and shuttle services. Paddleon Rentals in Mandan also provides kayak, canoe and stand-up paddleboard rentals on Harmon Lake, plus overnight and day-long float trips on area rivers. Boathouse on the Red in Grand Forks has kayak, canoe and stand-up paddleboard rentals on the Red River.

Back on dry land, line up a mountain biking tour of the Maah Daah Hey Trail through the western North Dakota Badlands. Dakota Cyclery in Medora will arrange shuttled, guides and bikes for all levels of riders. If slower and more “cowboy” approach is what you’re after, the Medora Riding Stables are perfect for families wanting a short, leisurely horseback ride into the Badlands.

Click here for 11 specific ways to enjoy the great outdoors in North Dakota.

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