Basic Information

Summers are warm and sunny with temperatures occasionally reaching 100 degrees F and frequent afternoon thunderstorms. Winters are invigorating, with extremely cold temperatures as low as -35 degrees F. High winds and sunny skies are common in winter. Snow is sporadic in the relatively dry climate, but blizzards are common.

Entrance Fees:

Knife River Indian Villages NHS Entrance Fee - $0.00

Park has no entrance fee.

Knife River Indian Villages National Historic Site Visitor Center

The Visitor Center is located off Highway 37 just north of the city of Stanton, ND. The Visitor Center’s entrance is in the shape of a giant eagle welcoming visitors. Once inside, visitors can view the movie, tour the exhibits or shop in our bookstore. Outside and behind the Visitor Center are a reconstructed earthlodge (furnished with replica artifacts in the summer) and the beginning of one of the three trails located at the park.

Welcome to Knife River Indian Villages NHS

Feed your sense of adventure by exploring the park year-round. Whether you're interested in Native American history, Lewis and Clark, natural history (ornithology, entomology, botany, meteorology, or astronomy), or enjoying picturesque scenery, you can find it here. Learn about operating hours & seasons, fees & passes, and permits & reservations.

Visitor Center
Park Visitor Center Entrance during summertime. Show the image of the eagle structure on front part of the Visitor Center. Shows the eagle head and talons made of smooth graycement and then brown blocks to represent feathers. Fore ground is the cement walkway to the front door and the background is blue sky with clouds and green trees.

Last updated: April 24, 2018

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

P.O. Box 9
Stanton, ND 58571


(701) 745-3300

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