TRMF response to COVID-19

Updated 11/23/2020

"Do what you can, with what you have, where you are."  -Theodore Roosevelt

We support the ND Smart Restart 

All of us at the Theodore Roosevelt Medora Foundation are wonderfully-excited and incredibly grateful to all who have helped us get to this point.

Medora is OPEN, with just a few small changes.

Our special events are happening with “Smart Restart” procedures in place – including reduced capacity, required masks, increased spacing between groups, and early last-calls for bars and restaurants.  

Masks are currently required at all times inside public spaces when not eating or drinking, and outdoors when social distancing cannot be maintained. 

THANK YOU to the performers and operations team for their commitment to making these events a reality.

Guests will see some changes to how these events operate, but our main goal is to make the event experience as enjoyable as possible.


Additional “smart restart” procedures for A Magical Badlands Christmas include:

Christmas Dinner
• Masks are REQUIRED in the common areas of the hotel and dining room.
• Capacity in restaurants has been limited to 50%.
• The dinner will be served by staff.
• There will be two seating times for dinner at 5:00pm and 6:00pm.
• We are adding a bit of space at tables; groups may be seated together and there may be some co-seating for those comfortable.
• Depending on the night, TR's Tavern OR a Special Event Bar in the rustic lobby will be open.
• Staff will be wearing masks.

Old Town Hall Theater
• Masks are REQUIRED in the theater for all guests.
• Capacity has been reduced -- limited to approximately 25% or 50 people per show, with extra space added between parties.
• All packages are sold as general admission and will be assigned reserved seating before the show to place extra spacing between groups.
• All tickets will be will call for pickup at Hotel Check-in, or at the door for non-package tickets.
• Staff will be wearing masks.


We encourage you to book online -- and it'll be quick and easy. All of our deals and discounts can be booked online, and you can even online chat with a representative online if you have questions.


Additional “smart restart” procedures for Stay and Dine events:

Theodore's Dining Room and the Rough Riders Hotel
• Masks are REQUIRED in the common areas of the hotel and dining room. Of course, you're welcome to remove your mask to enjoy your drinks and meal. 
• There are two seating times for at 5:30pm and 6:30pm.
• Depending on the night, TR's Tavern OR a Special Event Bar in the rustic lobby will be open.
• Staff will be wearing masks.

*Mask and spacing policies may vary among partner businesses in Medora but rest assured, we all aim to help you have a wonderful time while you escape to Medora.

THANK YOU to all of our guests, supporters, volunteers, partners, and more. Thank you to YOU, our Facebook community for your support. THANK YOU North Dakota, for making us part of your fall and winter.

Theodore Roosevelt National Park 

Theodore Roosevelt National Park and other national parks offer incredible opportunities for wide-open space and recreation. TRNP has reopened in an initial phase for guests. Roads, trails and backcountry trails are open. Some visitor services are reduced, but the Badlands and Bison remain. You can read more and stay up to date with our community partners at TRNP here.

Chateau de Mores State Historic Site

The Chateau de Mores State Historic site is open year 'round and has a few policies to help you enjoy the unique history of a french nobleman on the edge of the frontier and the woman the town is named for. Learn more and "Know before you go" here. 

Other notes regarding TRMF's response to COVID-19:

This is an ever-changing situation that our leadership and team are evaluating on a regular basis. We support North Dakota Smart Restart. Policies and procedures aimed at protecting the lives and livelihoods of our staff, guests, and community have been implemented and at TRMF we're remaining flexible to adapt as necessary. We are grateful to our customers who choose to visit this year. And for those taking some time without travel, we look forward to welcoming you back to Medora when you're ready. 

Additional notes:

- We are following recommendations from Governor, Doug Burgum, the North Dakota Department of Health, CDC, and others regarding cleanliness, distancing, gathering size, etc.
- We have implemented procedures to make sure our venues, hotels, and public spaces are as clean as possible. For example, but not an all-inclusive list, we've begun to use more disinfectants, sanitizers, etc.
-  Ticketing changes, venue density reductions, seating map adjustments, etc. are all in effect until further notice.
- Reservations and ticket sales will have a very flexible cancelation policy and/or 2021 redemption option. 

- All guest-facing TRMF Staff are required to wear a mask while on duty.

- All non-guest-facing TRMF Staff are also required to wear a mask while on duty, when social distancing is not possible.
- Additional training and information is being offered to employees, specifically through TRMF Trainual; an internal health team has been designated to disseminate information to our team as it becomes available and is vetted; in TRMF guest areas, we'll be posting cleanliness tips based on CDC recommendations and documents.
- The TRMF is working to coordinate with the Billings County Emergency Operations Team and Southwest District Health to ensure the entire community is appropriately prepared to provide safety for citizens, workers, and guests.

We will continue to make updates to this page and to our policies as information and guidance become available. 

TR said, “Keep your eyes on the stars, and feet on the ground.”

We find this to be a good guiding line to be responsible to you, our guests, to our employees and all stakeholders, but to also find inspiration that our nation will get through this and we will emerge on the other side with great potential and opportunity -- and we're keeping our eye on that.

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