Welcome to Medora! 

A Badlands Winter Wonderland & Gateway to Theodore Roosevelt National Park




Winter in Medora is beautiful, peaceful, and perfect for all sorts of activities.

It's a serene time of year, and a perfect opportunity to get out and enjoy the Badlands or explore the history of the area. 

From winter hikes, and cross country skiing or snow shoeing, to exploring the western heritage and history of Medora, there's more adventure to Medora in the winter than meets the eye.

Scroll on to see what fun activities await you and to
check out great Winter Lodging Opportunities at the Rough Rider Hotel.


Winter Events

And keep an eye on our Events page to stay up to date with some of our special winter events -- like Cowboy Christmas, Bold St. Nick's Fat Bike Race, the Romance in Medora Valentines Day Experience, and special Medora Getaway Weekends.

Upcoming Medora Getaway Experience: Memories of Elvis -- the King Come Alive in Medora!



Endless Adventure Opportunities in TR National Park!




Here are a few Theodore Roosevelt National Park activities:

  • Take a drive on the 36-mile scenic loop, make sure the road is open before you go!
  • Hike and snowshoe great trails like the one along the amazing Wind Canyon, or out in the remote Petrified Forest, or right on the Little Missouri River*.
  • Look for wild horses, prairie dogs, buffalo and all kinds of other wildlife.
  • Check out the Maltese Cross Cabin that Teddy Roosevelt once live in near Medora. 
  • Stop in the visitors center to learn more about the park, the geology of the area, and Theodore Roosevelt.
  • Or simply enjoy the real, quiet, serenity of the Badlands. A winter visit here can offer peace and quiet unlike any other time. 

Want more? Check out the TRNP web page to find great hikes, a full calendar of events, and more!

Here's a link to cross country skiing and snow shoe fun in TRNP.

Here's just a snapshot of the wildlife you might be able to see in the Park.

Check the current Road conditions of TRNP here.


*Saftety is always important when in the Badlands. Review the TRNP website for safety guidelines in the Park.

Learn about the Maltese Cross Cabin before you arrive here! 



History, Culture, and Adventure!

Chateau De Mores Interpretive Center - see how the Marquis lived when he founded "Medora"

  • Vist the interpretive center and gift shop.
  • Take a stroll around town to see the rements of the meat packing plant that started "Medora" and other landmarks specific to the Marquis success, and downfall.

For winter hours and other information about the Chateau De Mores head over to their website.
(The house is winterized for the season -- it is over 130 years old after all -- but the Interpretive Center is great!)


Explore the Maah Daah Hey Trail, there are routes for every adventurer, big and little!

  • Check out amazing views of the snow covered Badlands with a hike.
  • Pack your snowshoes so you can play in the powder on the trail!
  • Bring out the fat bikes for a day of riding, or make a weekend of it!

Need a trail map, wondering about trail conditions, or looking for a calendar of events check out, Maah Dahh Hey Trail online.



Cross Country Ski or Fat Bike at Bully Pulpit Golf Course!

Thats right, when golf is out of season, cross county skiing is in. Enjoy a day on the ski trails at the Bully Pulpit Golf Couse.

Follow the map and explore multiple trails, for a whole day of fun!

Follow any one of the trails on the map or, hit them all if you have the time!

Looking for trail updates? Check for postings at the clubhouse and on the Bully Pulpit website.

Check out the view.

Bully Pulpit Ski Trail conditions are updated daily, at the clubhouse. 




Check Out the Stores

Swing on in tho the Buffalo Gap Gift Shop, Medora Boot and Western Wear, or see the really cool and eclectic range of western gifts at the Medora C-store!

These shops are open year round for visitors to enjoy. Check out seasonal hours for Buffalo Gap Gift Shop and Medora Boot and Western Wear and watch for other stores in town that are opening!



Refuel After a Day of Adventures

Enjoy a cold one with your meal!

After a day in the Badlands, check out the Little Missouri Saloon and Dining Room for a unique atmosphere, delicious food, good service, and live music on many weekends! A favorite of locals and travelers alike, the Little Mo is one of our favorite, authentic cowboy bars where you can sit back and enjoy a cold one with friends. 

Plus, don't forget to sign your dollar bill and nail it to the ceiling!




Rest Easy at the Rough Riders Hotel

Spend a night at the historic Rough Riders Hotel!

Enjoy our special winter rates, complimentary hot, continental breakfast, amazingly comfortable beds, TR-branded custom showers and, most importantly, a night in the peceful Badlands Theodore Roosevelt loved.

Book a historic room, suite, or room 501 either way, you are garunteed a good nights sleep!


At the Rough Riders Hotel you can spend your evening warming up next to the fireplace.

When you are feeling sleepy, close out your night in your room full of rustic, western charm. 


For winter rates and more info, head to the Rough Riders Hotel page.

Make reservations online or call 1-800-MEDORA-1.


Yep! Josh Duhamel has breakfast here after a stay at the Rough Riders Hotel. 



The Best Part of Waking Up...

And when you're ready for a coffee to start your day, swing over to Hidden Springs Java.

For specials, and hours check out their Facebook page.


And, by the way, the Medora C-Store has THE BEST breakfast sandwhiches this side of the Mississippi (totally our opinion!)! Grab one any day from 5:00am - 9:00am. 

Plus, each week more of our Medora friends have their doors open for business.

Click on over to the Medora CVB website to see who else is open and when this week. 


See you in Medora!

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