10 Places to Experience Cowboy Culture in North Dakota
Channel your inner cowboy or cowgirl with these North Dakota museums and western attractions.
North Dakota Cowboy Hall of Fame
Rustle up some of North Dakota’s rich western heritage at this 15,000-square-foot interpretive center. Browse permanent and traveling western culture exhibits, a Hall of Honorees, gift shop and archives and learn about homesteaders and the sport of rodeo. Or just walk the streets of the cow-town Medora.
State Museum at the North Dakota Heritage Center
The collection of Plains Indians artifacts found here is second only to the Smithsonian's. You can also see displays on the state's rich military and agricultural history and shop for local arts and crafts in the museum gift shop.
612 E. Boulevard Ave. Bismarck, ND 58505
Theodore Roosevelt National Park – South Unit
Admire the 26th president's contribution to conservation at this national park. The North Dakota Badlands provide a scenic backdrop, and you may spot buffalo, deer, elk, bighorn sheep, wild horses, mule deer and prairie dogs on the loop drive. Want more action? Options include hiking trails through the Badlands, trail rides on horseback and canoeing the Little Missouri River.
Maah Daah Hey Trail
Spend the night outdoors like a true cowboy and explore this 96-mile trail running through the South Unit and the North Unit of Theodore Roosevelt National Park. Enjoy hiking in the Badlands and rolling prairie landscapes, along with opportunities for wildlife sightings that include mule deer, coyotes, an occasional golden eagle, bison and feral horses.
McKenzie County Heritage Park and Pioneer Museum
An original trapper's log cabin, homestead shack, one-room schoolhouse and the original 1915 Schafer Law Office are on the site of the heritage park. You can even see mammoth fossil bones discovered in the area. The pioneer museum features a replica pioneer home.