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The Governors at Cross Ranch

Cross Ranch

Many of Cross Ranch State Park’s initial developments were made possible through generous donations on behalf of businesses, organizations and private individuals. Many volunteer hours also went into the development of the state park. The National Guard assisted by completing work having to do with the trails, shelters and bridges.

The land that Cross Ranch is located on was donated to the state by The Nature Conservancy and Burlington Northern Railroad. The land that was donated by The Nature Conservancy has remained relatively primitive in an effort to preserve the natural beauty and significance that this land offers along the Missouri River. Cross Ranch State Park is located along seven miles of some of the last free flowing portions of the Missouri River with large cottonwoods found throughout the park.

In 1989, Cross Ranch State Park was opened in celebration of North Dakota’s Centennial and given as a gift to the people of North Dakota. In correlation with the centennial celebration of the park, each of the first 29 campsites in the campground display the names of the North Dakota Governors and the years they served as Governor.

Cross Ranch State Park is located 12 miles southeast of Hensler, ND via paved roads or 6 miles by gravel. For paved access roads, follow the brown park directional signs located on Highway 200 or Highway 25.