#MWTravelCon19 Conference Activities

Medora and the surrounding area have so much to offer! We’re excited to be able to offer unique travel opportunities to attendees of the Midwest Travel Network Conference as part of your conference admission.

Register today for activities before, during and after the conference. Space will fill up quickly!

Pre-Conference Activities

Prairie Fire Pottery Tour

Wednesday, June 12 / 1 – 4 pm

Spend an afternoon learning how pottery is made and trying it out for yourself at Prairie Fire Pottery in Beach, North Dakota.

Guided Tour of Medora

Wednesday, June 12 / 2 – 3 pm

Discover the ins and outs of how a town with a population of 133 functions!

Wine & Cheese Event at Little Missouri Saloon

Wednesday, June 12 / 5:30 pm

Spend a relaxing evening sipping wine and sampling cheese in downtown Medora at the Little Missouri Saloon. Get settled into Medora while meeting other conference attendees.

Enchanted Highway Tour

Wednesday, June 12 / 6 pm

Experience the magic of the Enchanted Highway! Located in Regent, North Dakota, the Enchanted Highway is a collection of the world’s largest scrap metal sculptures constructed at intervals along a 32-mile stretch of two-lane highway.

Bully Pulpit Golf Course Tour

Wednesday, June 12 / Time TBD

Tour Medora’s world-famous Bully Pulpit Golf Course! Enjoy the beautiful landscape of the course and be taken aback by the back nine holes.

Conference Activities

Pitchfork Fondue

Thursday, June 13 / 5:30 p.m.

Come hungry for a unique dining experience. Medora’s Pitchfork Fondue is a destination favorite as chefs load up pitchforks with steaks and fondue them western style. Add all the fixins and take a seat for a breathtaking view while you eat.  Available to ALL.

Medora Musical

Thursday, June 13 / 7:30 p.m.

Experience the west when you spend the day in the North Unit of Theodore Roosevelt National Park! Keep an eye out for roaming bison and capture some of the area’s most picturesque views. This activity is available to ALL. 

Golden Hour Tour to Elkhorn Ranch

Thursday, June 13 / 7:00 p.m.

Experience the Badlands with the experts behind the Beautiful Badlands Blog, Mary Tastad and Mike Kopp. They will take you out for a Golden Hour tour to Elkhorn Ranch.

Golden Hour Tour into Theodore Roosevelt National Park

Friday, June 14 / 7:30 p.m.

Bring your camera for some gorgeous views of Theodore Roosevelt National Park during the Golden Hour. Medora CVB executive director, Justin Ell, will take you into the park and give you the opportunity to take it all in.

Post-Conference Activities

Explore the North Unit of Theodore Roosevelt National Park

Saturday, June 15 / Noon – 5 pm

Experience the west when you spend the day in the North Unit of Theodore Roosevelt National Park! Keep an eye out for roaming bison and capture some of the area’s most picturesque views.

 

Bismarck FAM Tour

Following the Midwest Travel Network Conference

This FAM tour is hosted by the Bismarck-Mandan CVB.

 

Here are some other ideas to explore western North Dakota on your own before or after the conference: 

DICKINSON

PRAIRIE OUTPOST PARK: Several historic buildings, including a general store, post office, church. Germans from Russia stone house, Norwegian stabbur and veteran’s chapel.

UKRAINIAN CULTURAL INSTITUTE: Preserving, promoting and displaying Ukrainian culture in North Dakota

FLUFFY FIELDS VINEYARD & WINERY: Fluffy Fields offers a down to earth relaxing experience. The tasting room features daily wine tastings, wine by the glass or bottle, select draft beer by the jar, along with a small tasting room menu that changes with the seasons to give you new & fresh choices.

MEDORA

Painted Canyon Visitor Center located at Exit 32 on I-94. Panoramic views, visitor center, picnic area and restroom

Medora Area: Medora is the gateway to the South Unit of Theodore Roosevelt National Park.  This authentic Old West cow-town was founded in 1883 by the Marquis de Mores and named for his wife. Where to eat in Medora? Casual to up-scale and home cooking!

MAAH DAAH HEY TRAIL: You can navigate the Maah Daah Hey Trail by taking a trail ride, on mountain bike, or by foot power with a hike along trails through the Badlands to see nature and wildlife.

NORTH DAKOTA COWBOY HALL OF FAME: North Dakota’s newest Museum!!  Center for Western Heritage and Cultures: Native American, Ranching and Rodeo. Trail drivers, homesteaders and the sport of rodeo and the impact of the horse on the development of life on the plains of North Dakota. 

CHATEAU DEMORES STATE HISTORIC SITE: Elegant 26-room home of the famous French nobleman who founded Medora. Built in 1883. It is one

THEORDORE ROOSEVELT NATIONAL PARK–SOUTH UNIT: North Dakota Badlands provide the scenic backdrop to this park.  Named for the 26th President, it memorializes his contribution to conservation.  The loop drive could provide a view of buffalo, deer, elk, big-horn sheep, wild horses, mule deer and prairie dog towns. Stop for a hike on the Ridgeline Trail or Wind Canyon Trail. Hike up Buck Hill for a captivating view of the park.

PITCHFORK FONDUE: A unique western steak meal served at the Tjaden Center on the bluffs overlooking Medora.

MEDORA MUSICAL: Broadway-style musical show in spectacular Burning Hills Amphitheatre. The surrounding hills resound with music and laughter at this fast-paced, song-and-dance professional extravaganza.     

WATFORD CITY

THEODORE ROOSVELT NATIONAL PARK – NORTH UNIT – Take an amazing 14-mile ride through Badlands terrain onto the grasslands. Stand in awe above the valley carved by the meandering Little Missouri River and drove slowly through bison herds within the park.

 

MAAH DAAH HEY TRAIL: You can navigate the Maah Daah Hey Trail by taking a trail ride, on mountain bike, or by foot power with a hike along trails through the Badlands to see nature and wildlife.

LONG X VISITOR CENTER AND MUSEUM: The Long X Visitor Center and Museum is the central location for information on the area’s cultural, geological, historical, and geographic attractions. The Pioneer Museum features a timeline of the history of the area and Grandma’s Pantry and Books giftshop.

MCKENZIE COUNTY PIONEER MUSEUM: This pioneer museum has many artifacts exhibited in the historic classroom.

 

MCKENZIE COUNTY HERITAGE PARK: Original trapper’s log cabin, homestead shack, one-room school and original 1915 Schafer Law Office. Mammoth fossil bones discovered in the area.


WILLISTON

LEWIS AND CLARK STATE PARK: Situated on one of the upper bays of Lake Sakakawea. Full-service state park with modern and primitive camp sites, cabins, a camp store, picnic shelters, nature trails, swim beach, fishing area, and much more.

 

LINKS OF NORTH DAKOTA: No. 53 in Golf Digest’s Top 100 Public Courses – 2005.  In true links fashion, uneven lies and wind will challenge every aspect of your game.

 

MISSOURI -YELLOWSTONE CONFLUENCE INTERPRETIVE CENTER: Missouri-Yellowstone Confluence Interpretive Center tells the story of the confluence of these two mighty rivers, and provides the same magnificent view that Lewis and Clark Expedition members enjoyed when they visited in 1805 and 1806. Featured in the 2,000-square-foot permanent gallery will be the Lewis and Clark journey, the fur trade era, Fort Buford, and the development of the modern-day irrigation and energy industries.

 

FORT BUFORD STATE HISTORIC SITE: Military post established at the confluence of the Yellowstone and Missouri rivers in 1866. Nez Perce Chief Joseph and Hunkpapa Sioux leader Sitting Bull were imprisoned here. It is the site

of Sitting Bull’s surrender in July of 1881.

 

FORT UNION TRADING POST NATIONAL HISTORIC SITE: The American Fur Company Fort, built near the confluence of the Missouri and Yellowstone Rivers, dominated the fur trade on the Upper Missouri River between 1829 and 1867.  Indians and the fur traders peacefully co-existed before the great Indian wars.

 

WRITING ROCK STATE HISTORIC SITE: Site preserves two large boulders bearing many Indian pictographs.  Indian artifacts and tipi rings can be seen.