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Covering almost 4,600 acres in the North Dakota Badlands, Little Missouri State Park is a quiet and tranquil retreat for nature lovers. Located 19 miles north of Kildeer, the park is the sort of place you can go to get away from the daily grind and immerse yourself in pristine North Dakota backcountry for a little while.
Open from May through October, the park is best known for its hiking and horseback riding, with more than 45 miles of trails to explore. And with a range of modern and primitive campsites to choose from, the Little Missouri State Park campground is the ideal spot to rest your head for a few nights and just enjoy the serenity.
If you're keen to enjoy an RV camping getaway in this iconic state park, read on for all the essential info you need to know to plan the perfect visit.
There's a lot to love about this big and beautiful park, but the number-one attraction of Little Missouri State Park would have to be the peace and quiet. Home to the rugged terrain for which the North Dakota Badlands are famous, and with pretty waterways thrown in, this park boasts some truly breathtaking scenery. Add the fact that it's also in a fairly remote location and you get the perfect destination for anyone who's looking to just enjoy some fresh air and wide open spaces for a little while.
As a result, you might find that you spend a lot of your time in Little Missouri State Park just soaking it all in. If your idea of a perfect night is a campfire dinner, a spectacular sunset, and then some of the best stargazing you're likely to find just about anywhere, you'll feel right at home here.
But if you'd like to head out into the backcountry and explore your surroundings, there are plenty of options to do just that. Little Missouri State Park features over 45 miles of trails that traverse the Badlands, and you can set out to investigate them on foot or on horseback.
Trails are graded for difficulty and easily accessible right from the campground. Just make sure you download a map or grab a paper map, and get the latest update on the conditions from park staff before heading out.
If you want to camp with an RV at Little Missouri State Park, you'll find everything you need in the park's small but comfortable campground. So, once you book an RV in Dunn County, reserve a site where you can park your rig for a few nights or more.
There are a few camping options to choose from:
Many sites offer lovely views out over the river valley and the surrounding Badlands. A shower house and vault toilets are available, while a trailer dump station is also provided.
If you're traveling with your dog, the good news is that leashed pets are welcome in the campground. However, make sure you show courtesy to other campers and clean up after your dog at all times.
Finally, if you love equestrian camping, you'll be pleased to learn that Little Missouri State Park is a designated horse park and has 81 corrals and other facilities to accommodate equestrian campers.
All good things must come to an end, so your Little Missouri State Park RV camping adventure can't go on forever. However, that doesn't mean your vacation is over, as there are plenty of other awesome attractions nearby.
If you'd like to keep exploring some of North Dakota's best state parks, you can make the two-hour drive east to Lake Sakakawea State Park to enjoy excellent swimming, boating, and fishing.
If history is more your cup of tea, steer your campervan rental north towards New Town and the Crow Flies High Butte Historic Site, which explorer William Clark used as a lookout when waiting for Meriwether Lewis.
Of course, if you'd rather head somewhere a little more populated, you can be in Bismarck in around two and a half hours. Once you get there, make sure to explore Fort Abraham Lincoln for a few hours — it's well worth it.
When you rent a camper near Little Missouri State Park, you really are spoiled for choice. With beautiful natural scenery, an abundance of outdoor activities, and stacks of nearby attractions, the type of vacation you have is entirely up to you.