National Parks in North Dakota

Fort Union Trading Post National Historic Site

Location: Two States: MT,ND

Between 1828 and 1867, Fort Union was the most important fur trade post on the Upper Missouri River. Here, the Assiniboine and six other Northern Plains Tribes exchanged buffalo robes and smaller furs for goods from around the world, including cloth, guns, blankets, and beads. A bastion of peaceful coexistence, the post annually traded over 25,000 buffalo robes and $100,000 in merchandise.

Fees: There is no fee to enter Fort Union Trading Post National Historic Site - Enjoy your visit!

Hours Info: Fort Union Trading Post NHS will close on Saturday and Sundays in January and February only. Park will resume daily operations on March 1st, 2022.

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Knife River Indian Villages National Historic Site

Location: Stanton, ND

Earthlodge people hunted bison and other game, but were in essence farmers living in villages along the Missouri and its tributaries. The site was a major Native American trade center for hundreds of years prior to becoming an important market place for fur traders after 1750.

Fees: Park has no entrance fee.

Hours Info: Knife River Indian Villages National Historic Site is open from sunrise to sunset, every day of the year. Even when visitor center is closed, the park itself remains open.

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Lewis & Clark National Historic Trail

Location: Sixteen States: IA,ID,IL,IN,KS,KY,MO,MT,NE,ND,OH,OR,PA,SD,WA,WV

The Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail is approximately 4,900 miles long, extending from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, to the mouth of the Columbia River, near present day Astoria, Oregon. It follows the historic outbound and inbound routes of the Lewis and Clark Expedition as well as the preparatory section from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania to Wood River, Illinois.

Fees: Lewis & Clark National Historic Trail Headquarters Visitor Center in Omaha, NE does not charge an entrance fee, but some of our park partners do. Be sure to check with each visitor and interpretative center to find out their fees.

Hours Info: Lewis and Clark NHT visitor center in Omaha, Neb is open.

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North Country National Scenic Trail

Location: Eight States - Vermont to North Dakota MI,MN,ND,NY,OH,PA,VT,WI

Come to the North Country. Trek the hills and valleys. Stand on the shores of lakes & streams from glaciers 10,000 years before. Clear-flowing water, red/gold of autumn, a fairyland of snow, open prairies, and distant horizons paint the land. Historic sites along the way tell how America settled and grew as a nation. From North Dakota to Vermont, adventure is never far away.

Fees: No fees are charged for hiking on the trail but fees may be required for parking, camping, or entrance at various sections along the trail.

Hours Info: The North Country Trail is generally open at all times and during all seasons. There may be area or seasonal closures at the discretion of the local land owner or manager. Please contact local managers or the North Country Trail Association at (616) 897-5987 x1 for the latest trail closures.

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Theodore Roosevelt National Park

Location: Medora, ND (South Unit). The North Unit is located 15 miles south of Watford City, ND

When Theodore Roosevelt came to Dakota Territory to hunt bison in 1883, he was a skinny, young, spectacled dude from New York. He could not have imagined how his adventure in this remote and unfamiliar place would forever alter the course of the nation. The rugged landscape and strenuous life that TR experienced here would help shape a conservation policy that we still benefit from today.

Fees: Entrance to all units of Theodore Roosevelt National Park for one private, non-commercial vehicle and its occupants for 7 days.

Hours Info: Theodore Roosevelt National Park is open 24 hours a day, every day of the year. This applies to all units of the park; North Unit, South Unit, and Elkhorn Ranch Unit. Even when entrance stations and visitor centers are closed, the park itself remains open. Remember to check current conditions for any weather related closures.

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National Parks in North Dakota