Basic Information

564 County Road 37
Stanton, ND 58571

Plane Fly into Bismarck or Minot, ND. Hazen, ND (15 miles from site) has an airport for small planes. Car One-half mile north of Stanton, ND on County Road 37. One hour northwest of Bismarck, ND and one and a half hours southwest of Minot, ND. Public Transportation Charter and tour bus parking available at Visitor Center parking lot.

Knife River Indian Villages National Historic Site

Visitor Center & Earthlodge Hours: Standard Summer Hours in effect Memorial Day through Labor Day. Standard Winter Hours in effect Labor Day through Memorial Day. Visitor Facilities (Visitor Center and Earthlodge) operate on Central Time and are closed only on Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's Days, unless otherwise noted in a park alert or press release. Park Grounds (trails) shall remain open daily from sun up to sundown, unless otherwise noted in a park alert or press release.

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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 (Summertime)

Last updated: March 3, 2016

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

P.O. Box 9
Stanton, ND 58571


(701) 745-3300

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