North Dakota Parks
National Historic Site
Two States: MT,ND
Between 1828 and 1867, Fort Union was the most important fur trade post on the Upper Missouri River. Here, the Assiniboine and six other Northern Plains Indian Tribes exchanged buffalo robes and smaller furs for goods from around the world, including cloth, guns, blankets, and beads. A bastion of peaceful coexistence, the post annually traded over 25,000 buffalo robes and $100,000 in merchandise.
National Historic Site
Earthlodge people hunted bison and other game, but were in essence farmers living in villages along the Missouri and its tributaries. The site was a major Native American trade center for hundreds of years prior to becoming an important market place for fur traders after 1750.
National Historic Trail
Eleven States: ID,IL,IA,KS,MO,MT,NE,ND,OR,SD,WA
Between May 1804 and September 1806, 31 men, one woman, and a baby traveled from the plains of the Midwest to the shores of the Pacific Ocean. They called themselves the Corps of Discovery. In their search for a water route to the Pacific Ocean, they opened a window into the west for the young United States.
National Scenic Trail
Seven States-New York to North Dakota , MI,MN,ND,NY,OH,PA,WI
From New York to North Dakota, you're never far from a great outdoor adventure. When completed the trail will be the longest continuous hiking trail in the United States. The trail links scenic, natural, historic, and cultural areas across seven states allowing visitors to experience a variety of northern landscapes. Come and experience your America, at a walking pace.
Medora, ND (South Unit). The North Unit is located 15 miles south of Watford City, ND
When Theodore Roosevelt came to Dakota Territory to hunt bison in 1883, he was a skinny, young, spectacled dude from New York. He could not have imagined how his adventure in this remote and unfamiliar place would forever alter the course of the nation. The rugged landscape and strenuous life that TR experienced here would help shape a conservation policy that we still benefit from today.
By The Numbers
- 3 national parks
- 581,851 visitors to national parks
- $35,400,000 economic benefit from national park tourism »
- 439 National Register of Historic Places listings »
- $44,655,886 of rehabilitation projects stimulated by tax incentives (since 1995) »
- 14,275 hours donated by volunteers »
- 1 National Heritage Area »
- 4 National Natural Landmarks »
- 6 National Historic Landmarks »
- $36,090,293 in Land & Water Conservation Fund grants (since 1965) »
- 155 acres transferred by Federal Lands to Parks for local parks and recreation (since 1948) »
- $17,790,929 in historic preservation grants (since 1969) »
- 6 community conservation and recreation projects (since 1987) »
- 128 places recorded by heritage documentation programs »
- 786,893 objects in national park museum collections »
- 4 threatened and endangered species in national parks »
- 387 archeological sites in national parks »
- 7 Certified Local Governments »
- 2 Teaching with Historic Places lesson plans »
- 4 Discover Our Shared Heritage travel itineraries »
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These numbers are just a sample of the National Park Service's work. Figures are for the fiscal year that ended 9/30/14.