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National Parks in North Dakota

North Dakota has 5 sites in the National Park System, including one of our favorites: Theodore Roosevelt National Park.

Theodore Roosevelt National Park

Theodore Roosevelt National Park

NPS Website
Named in honor of President Theodore Roosevelt who originally came to this area in his mid-twenties and expanded his love for nature and the outdoors. Throughout his political career Roosevelt continued to return to this area, and what would became a National Park named in his honor. He specifically relished the rugged beauty of the badlands. Roosevelt’s legacy of environmental protection and conservation started here and now the NPS provides information on the history.

Passport Cancellation information can be found at all 3 visitor centers:
North Unit – Open Friday through Monday
Located in a trailer temporarily while a new facility is planned and built. The old building was condemned in 2013 after land slumping weakened the structure
208 Scenic Drive‬
Theodore Roosevelt National Park
Medora, ND 58854‬‬

South Unit – Open daily year round
26611 U.S. Hwy 385‬,
Theodore Roosevelt National Park
Medora, ND 58645‬‬

Painted Canyon – May to October
Theodore Roosevelt National
Belfield, ND 58622

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Theodore Roosevelt National Park

Fort Union Trading Post National Historic Site

NPS Website
While it may not be a site as popular as Theodore Roosevelt National Park, Fort Union Trading Post has an important link to the idea of National Parks. George Catlin is thought to have been the first person to write about the idea of a Nation’s Park on an expedition to Fort Union in the 1830s.

Passport Cancellation information
Fort Union Trading Post NHS Visitor Center
15550 Hwy 1804
Williston, ND 58801

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Prairie Dog

Knife River Indian Villages National Historic Site

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Located on the Missouri river 1600 miles upstream from St. Louis, the Knife River Indian Villages were once considered a large town and was a critical trading post in the region. Visitors can walk down the Village Trail and see the remains of two native villages.

Passport Cancellation information
Knife River Indian Villages Visitor Center
564 County Road 37
Stanton, ND 58571-0009


Lewis & Clark National Historic Trail

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The Lewis & Clark Trail stretches across a vast portion of the United States from the Mississippi river in Saint Louis up the Missouri River and all the way to the Pacific Ocean, including a portion of the trail in North Dakota.

Passport Cancellation information
At 3700+ miles long, stamps for the Lewis & Clark Trail can be found in 11 different States and multiple Visitor Centers in North Dakota. Sites can be found on this map:

The North Dakota map of the Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail. A full is available here: http://www.nps.gov/lecl/planyourvisit/upload/lecl%20map.pdf
The North Dakota map of the Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail. A full is available here: http://www.nps.gov/lecl/planyourvisit/upload/lecl%20map.pdf

North Country National Scenic Trail

NPS Website
With over 2,600 miles of trail complete there is still much more work to be done on the North Country National Scenic Trail. When it is complete it will be the longest hiking trail in the US at over 4500 miles. Today there are continuous segments open to the public up to 300 miles long. Anyone hoping to hike a portion of the trail today should visit the North Country Trail Association for trail information and updates. This association consists of many different organizations working to build and maintain the trails.

Passport Cancellation information
In North Dakota the Stamp can be found at:
Fort Ransom State Park
5981 Walt Hjelle Parkway
Fort Ransom, ND 58033
Here are other locations the stamp can be found along the trail: http://www.nps.gov/noco/planyourvisit/upload/NOCO-brochure.pdf

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