Medora, North Dakota

Medora CampgroundOther reviewers at

August, 2015

The Lowe’s overall rating = 5 out of 10 stars

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Noise level and overall “feel” of the park?
This is a very busy park for tourists traveling through the
nearby Theodore Roosevelt National Park.  Sites are
cramped and dust from the road is bad.  Trains go by on
nearby tracks, but they don’t blow their whistles because
there are no crossings – so not too bad.  Noise from the
main road by the park is also not a problem.

Road and site access/type?
Paved road coming into the campground, then the
interior roads and sites are composed of fine red gravel
which produces a lot of dust.  The park is made up of a
combination of pull-through and back-in sites.  Access
through the park in big rigs is not difficult.

Spaciousness/levelness of sites?
Length of the sites is adequate, we were able to park our
car behind the RV with room to spare.  Spacing between
sites is another matter.  Very tight, and we didn’t like it.

Utilities and WiFi/cell reception?
The full hookup 50-amp power was good, as was the
water pressure.  The sewer input was a strange
configuration that forced me to put a pile of rocks on
top of my hose to hold it in place.  The Verizon signal
was adequate.  The park offered WiFi but we did not
use it.

Picnic table and/or fire pit?
A table and steel grille on a stand were provided.  No
fire pit, and there was a ban on camp fires while we
were there.

Bathrooms/showers/laundry room?
These bathrooms needed upgrading.  The showers
were tiny, but seemed clean.  No benches or hooks
were provided, which is a big no-no with me.  The
rest of the bathroom was just old and not appealing
at all.

Pet and/or kid friendly?
Several kids were riding their bikes around the park,
but there were no good areas for them to stretch and
play.  Dogs could be walked throughout the park and
into some nearby areas, on-leash.

Bicycle/walking trails nearby?
Nothing right out of the park.  Roosevelt National
Park had tons of wonderful trails, which was one of
the reasons we made this stop.  Also nothing for
bikes nearby, but one could ride or walk into the
quaint town of Medora right up the street.

Grocery stores and other services nearby?
Just a fairly well-stocked convenience store with a
few fruits and veggies, and a liquor section.  Their
gas prices were reasonable.  The town was actually
quaint and fun to walk around, as many people did
during their stay.  No large businesses or places to
work on RV’s were in this area, though.

This was a stopover campground, good only for as
long as one needs to check out the nearby national
park, and the entrance to the “south unit” of the
Roosevelt park is right next door.  The entrance to
the “north unit” is about 52 miles away.  Don’t miss
a stop at the Painted Canyon rest area just 12 miles
east of Medora on highway 94, it’s the coolest rest
stop we’ve ever seen.  There really aren’t any other
campground options in the area that are close the
the national park, so this was a “grin and bear it”
stop for us.