Rendezvous Region Scenic Backway
This backway located in northeast North Dakota is a special place steeped in history, with natural resources, recreation, scenic beauty, and culture. Winding along the bends of the Pembina River you can enjoy the panoramic view of the Pembina Gorge along with the year-round recreational opportunities of the area.
Begins on Highway 55 in Vang proceeding east to Walhalla, turning southeast for 22 miles traveling past Icelandic State Park to Highway 5 ending in Cavalier.
Points of Interest
- Gingras Trading Post State Historic Site-This historic site preserves the 1840s home and trading post of Métis legislator and businessman Antoine Blanc Gingras. Interpretive panels and exhibits about Gingras, Métis heritage, and the fur trade are located in the restored house.
- Frost Fire Theatre and Frost Fire Ski Area-No matter the season, Frost Fire Mountain has something to offer. During the summer months families are drawn to the amphitheater to enjoy musical theatre classics. While in the winter, ski and snowboard enthusiasts enjoy descending the mountain and relaxing in the lodge.
- Prehistoric Fossil Site-At this site, a road project accidentally exposed the fossilized remains of a large prehistoric marine reptile called a mosasaur. Today interpretive signs talk about this amazing creature and the geology of the region.
- Tetrault Woods State Forest-Established in 1970, this 432-acre forest preserves a diverse area of woodlands, wildlife and water resources while providing outdoor recreation opportunities. The Tetrault Woods Scenic Overlook, located on County Road 55, provides visitors an outstanding panoramic view of the Pembina Gorge.
- Pembina Gorge-The Pembina Gorge encompasses the largest uninterrupted block of woodlands in North Dakota, and the longest segment of unaltered river valley in the state. Learn more on the Pembina Gorge State Recreation Area.
- Masonic Scenic Overlook- The Masonic Scenic Overlook offers a beautiful view of the Pembina River and Pembina Hills, at an elevation of 1,155 feet above sea level. Trails are available for year round recreation, including hiking, biking, horseback riding, cross country skiing, and snowmobiling.
- Pembina River- The Pembina River is North Dakota’s only “white water river.” The meandering Pembina River is considered tame, but offers excellent canoeing with access docks located at Vang Bridge, Brick Mine Bridge, and Hwy 32 White Bridge.