You can’t truly experience a North Dakotan summer without a camping trip. Warm nights out around a fire with family and friends can create some of the best memories and experiences. Daytime hikes around the area, fishing, and hunting around the area, followed by pitching up a tent or relaxing in front of the RV can make the perfect vacation for anyone. It’s a chance to get away from the day-to-day and embrace the outdoors. Here are nine of the best places to camp in North Dakota that will give you the opportunity to do just that, and you have got to check them out this summer.
1. Theodore Roosevelt National Park
The best way to experience the beauty of North Dakota is by sleeping out under the stars and gazing out on the badlands in the Theodore Roosevelt National Park. When you can wake up to views like this, you'd be crazy to pass this place up. Both the north unit and the south unit have tons of campgrounds for both primitive and RV camping. Hundreds of miles of trails and paths wind through the park that you can hike or bike on and pitch a tent along the way. Your number one summer destination should definitely be the TRNP!
2. Nokota Horse Preservation Ranch
The rare and beautiful horse breed that originated here in North Dakota is preserved and continued today at the Nokota Horse Preservation Ranch in Linton, ND. The ranch allows camping right in the middle of where the horses roam and give tours of the pastures to get up close and personal with the horses. There is a ranch house or a teepee you can rent, or you can bring your own camper or tent if. If you have your own horses, you can bring them here and take a ride across the buttes and hills in Linton. Enjoy the North Dakota prairie with the wild horses that call it home with this incredible and unique experience!
3. Lake Metigoshe
Camp out by the beautiful Lake Metigoshe at one of the most gorgeous state parks here in North Dakota. There are year-round cabins available for rent, as well as both modern and primitive campsites. Enjoy the breathtaking lake in a canoe or by fishing from the shore - either way, it's perfect to get outdoors. The park is located near Bottineau, ND.
4. Lindenwood Park
Looking for a place to camp that's not too far from the city? Lindenwood Park is right in the middle of the Fargo area on the banks of the Red River. You don't have to go far to be able to appreciate nature - the park is heavily forested and has multiple campgrounds to pitch a tent and pull out the sleeping bags just yards away from the river. Conveniently close and pretty as a picture, you have got to check this place out if you are in the area.
5. Lake Sakakawea State Park
Camping at Lake Sakakwea is the perfect opportunity for a weekend getaway on the water. If you have a boat, this is the place to bring it. Fish all day, sleep under the North Dakota night sky, and just enjoy life outdoors. There are many boat ramps and both modern and primitive campsites, as well as boat rentals and cabins all around the lake.
6. Sheyenne National Grassland
If you really want to camp out in the wide open prairies and experience North Dakota's beautiful landscapes, then take a trip to the Sheyenne National Grassland. Not too far southwest of Fargo is some prime camping spaces in the heart of the grassland. Tons of wildlife roam the area and there are plenty of trails to explore. Pitch a tent under the immense clear skies and enjoy the view. There is no such thing as light pollution out here, so sleeping under the stars is a must to see the incredible display of constellations and far away galaxies. You won't find anything like this place in another state, and it is just spectacular.
7. Fort Abraham Lincoln State Park
Just south of Mandan lies this great gem. The Fort Abraham Lincoln State Park isn't just neat for touring the Custer House (although that should not be underrated, if you go there, be sure to visit the Custer House, too), there is also great camping opportunities. The trails through the park will lead you to gorgeous spots like this, with five campgrounds located throughout. The Missouri River can be seen right from the park and offers a scenic view, and the campgrounds lie right next to the Heart River. It is the perfect place for any camping experience!
Campgrounds like Cabins of Amidon provide the best place to camp out in the southwestern corner of the state. Both tent, RV, and cabin rentals are available here for all your camping needs. The area is abundant with wildlife and you can see White Butte - the state's highest point - in the distance. If you're feeling adventurous, you can hike the butte while you're camping. The rolling hills of the prairie are always here for you to explore.
9. Little Missouri State Park
See the place where the Little Missouri River carves through the land to create this amazing sight and take it in for yourself in person while camping out at this state park. The perfect place to hit the trails and bring some camping gear is right here. If you have horses, this is one of the best places in state to take them out on trail rides and with you while you're camping. There are campsites with corrals, or you can just take your trusty RV steed to their modern campsite. All the other campsites are exclusively primitive and can only be accessed by hiking or horseback, so if you want a true outdoor adventure, this is definitely the place.
I can’t wait for this summer! If you plan on camping this summer, where would you recommend going in North Dakota?