NORTH DAKOTA IS home to more than just oil fields and Fargo. From golden prairies to the mighty Missouri River, the Peace Garden state has some incredible outdoor spaces. The state parks are the perfect way to enjoy them.
1. Cross Ranch State Park
Cross Ranch is situated along the Missouri River. Over 16 miles of trails wind through willows, through ravines, up prairie bluffs, and along the water. Canoe rentals are available during the summer, as well as ski and snowshoes in the snowy months. Spend a day fishing for walleye, spotting burrowing owls and migrating whooping cranes, or watching herds of bison in their grassland home in the adjacent Cross Ranch Nature Preserve. If you stay overnight, choose between yurt, cabin, and tipi rentals, or hike to a more secluded backcountry spot to pitch your tent.