Current Conditions


Park Closure


South Unit Road Construction

Major road construction is planned for the park’s South Unit in the summer of 2018. Construction will begin at the park entrance and extend 3 miles into the park. Included in the project will be the demolition and repaving of the South Unit Visitor Center parking lot and sidewalks.

All visitors will be impacted by the construction upon entering and when leaving the South Unit. This includes campers bound for Cottonwood Campground, though the campground itself will not be under construction. We will do our very best to minimize these impacts and keep wait times as short as possible.

A start date has not yet been set, but project managers are on site preparing plans at this time. More information will be given as it becomes available.

To minimize the road work's impact on your visit, consider the following:

Buy a Park Entrance Pass in Advance
You can purchase park passes or interagency annual passes online before your visit. Arriving with a pass will not allow you to avoid construction delays, but it will help you and other visitors move more quickly through the entrance station.

Visit the North Unit
Avoid the construction altogether when you visit the North Unit. The North Unit's 14 mile scenic drive (28 miles, round-trip) is jam-packed with breathtaking scenery. Be on the lookout for bison, deer, and if you’re lucky, bighorn sheep. Take some time to hike one of the North Unit's many trails or have lunch in the picnic area.


Road Status

North Unit: The entire scenic drive is OPEN.

South Unit: The Scenic Loop is OPEN.

Roads to the Halliday Well Trailhead and the Coal Vein Trailhead are closed due to wet, muddy conditions.

When to Expect Closures

During the months of November through April, road closures due to snow and ice are common.Roads close and reopen as conditions permit--there are no set dates.

Whenever possible, park staff clear East River Road in the South Unit (11 miles) and the first 6 miles of road in the North Unit.


Last updated: April 13, 2018

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Medora, ND 58645


(701) 623-4466

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