North Dakota – Sioux State

By | July 5, 2022

Agriculture and natural landscapes rich in wildlife

The state of North Dakota is located in the north of the USA, on the border with Canada and is part of the Midwest, the wheat belt of the United States. The name Dakota comes from the Native American people who lived in the region before the arrival of the whites (Sioux-Dakota).

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Unadorned State Capitol of North Dakota in Bismarck


Unadorned State Capitol of North Dakota in Bismarck

The capital of the country is Bismarck. North Dakota is very sparsely populated. Only about 675,000 people live in the country. North Dakota has been part of the United States of America since 1889.

Farming and hunting as a hobby

In North Dakota, agriculture plays a very important role, as does agricultural machinery and food processing. There are countless ranches and farms scattered across the country. North Dakota stretches from the Red River Valley in the east to the unreal Badlands in the west.

Due to the abundance of game in the country, numerous hobby hunters are out and about in the forests in the autumn. There are several Native American reservations in North Dakota. During the warm season, numerous rodeos are held in the country.

Abandoned farmhouse in the North Dakota wasteland

Hiking and cycling

Hiking and biking through the beautiful, mostly lonely nature of North Dakota is very popular. The Maah Daah Hey Trail is the most famous route through the country, with a length of 156 kilometers. North Dakota is a mountain biker’s paradise.

Badlands and Great Plains

The west of the country is characterized by the Badlands and the Great Plains. Also to the west, the Missouri River crosses the country of North Dakota. The central region of North Dakota is characterized by rolling hills. To the north are the Turtle Mountains.

Barn in rural North Dakota

The sparsely populated North Dakota has beautiful, sometimes unreal (badlands) nature to offer, with original flora and fauna. In the few cities there are plenty of cultural and leisure activities.

National Park in North Dakota

  • Th. Roosevelt National Park

Big Cities in North Dakota

  • Bismarck
  • West Fargo
  • Fargo
  • Grand Forks
  • Minot

See Countryaah for more cities in the state of North Dakota.

Attractions in North Dakota

  • Plains Art Museum
  • Fort Mandan
  • Fort Abercrombie
  • Fort AbrahamLincoln
  • North Dakota Museum of Art
  • State Capitol – North Dakota
  • Missouri River
  • Caprock Coulee Trail
  • National Buffalo Museum
  • Saint James Basilica
  • Peaceful Valley
  • badlands
  • Petrified Forest Loop
  • Graham’s Island
  • Black Tiger Bay
  • Devil’s Lake

Cultural Sites in North Dakota

  • 4-M revue in Medora
  • Barnes County Historical Society in Valley City
  • Frontier Fort and Wildlife Museum in Jamestown
  • Dakota Territory Air Museum at Minot
  • Heritage Park Museum at Garrison
  • Buffalo Trails Museum in Epping
  • Afterthoughts Gallery in Harvey
  • Alerus Center in Grand Forks
  • Browning Arts at Grand Forks
  • Ellendale Coleman Museum in Ellendale

Map of North Dakota – United States

The map of North Dakota in the USA. North Dakota is located in the north of the United States on the border with neighboring Canada. Geographically, the state is assigned to the Midwest. The map shows the neighboring countries, the country’s largest cities, the country’s rivers and lakes, the position of the national park, as well as the course of the highways and the most important transport links. The area of ​​North Dakota is 183,112 km². Bismarck is the capital of the US state of North Dakota. Currently in 2019, only about 0.76 million people live in North Dakota.

Theodore Roosevelt National Park – North Dakota

home of the bison

Theodore Roosevelt National Park is located in the US state of North Dakota, near the city of Medora. The Theodore Roosevelt National Park is characterized by weathered wasteland, the badlands, and an extensive prairie landscape. The 26th President of the United States of America once owned a ranch (Elkhorn Ranch) in this area.

Entrance to Theodore Roosevelt National Park

The area of ​​the national park is 285 km². Theodore Roosevelt National Park was established in 1978. Up to half a million tourists visit the national park in North Dakota every year.

Once a hunting ground – today a national park

North Dakota was Theodore Roosevelt’s favorite hunting ground. Theodore Roosevelt later bought land in North Dakota. While in this region of North Dakota, Th. Roosevelt witnessed first-hand the rampant hunting that destroyed wildlife species such as bighorn sheep and bison. Likewise, the settlers destroyed the sensitive ecosystems of today’s national park with excessive grazing. In addition to this region in North Dakota, Roosevelt campaigned strongly for the preservation of nature in all states of the USA.

Refuge for the last bison

The critically endangered “American Bison” was reintroduced to Theodore Roosevelt National Park in North Dakota in 1950. The bison used to live more or less peacefully on the prairies of North Dakota for thousands of years, until the arrival of the white man. The country’s new “rulers” shot up the bison until they finally became extinct.

Cannonball Concretions in Theodore Roosevelt National Park

Southern National Park – Badlands

In the southern area of ​​Theodore Roosevelt National Park are the Badlands, which can be reached on foot, by car or on horseback. Over 500 plant species have been identified in Theodore Roosevelt National Park. Bison, prairie dogs, moose, longhorn sheep, wild horses and many species of birds live in the national park. Theodore Roosevelt National Park is accessible year-round under normal weather conditions. In winter, parts of the national park can be closed because of too much snow.

Theodore Roosevel National Park – Recreational Activities

Numerous hiking trails of varying difficulty lead through Theodore Roosevelt National Park. Fishing is possible. Boating, whether by canoe or kayak, is very popular and common in Theodore Roosevelt National Park. Animal watching is one of the highlights of the national park. In winter, cross-country skiing and snowshoeing are possible. Camping facilities are available.

Barren landscape in Theodore Roosevelt National Park

Natural resources versus nature conservation

North Dakota is rich in valuable mineral resources, in oil and gas. It remains to be hoped that the idea of ​​nature conservation will remain stronger in the country than commercial interests.