Located in the heart of the North Dakota Badlands, Sully Creek State Park is just minutes away from the historic town of Medora and Theodore Roosevelt National Park. This seasonal park offers a quiet escape from these popular tourist destinations.
Sully Creek is the perfect spot for visitors seeking adventure. In the early spring, canoeing and kayaking the Little Missouri River is a popular activity. Traversing the 274-mile long Little Missouri River offers a unique perspective of the badlands from North Dakota’s only State Scenic River. Horseback riding, hiking, and biking are also popular activities. Visitors can access the over 170 miles of trail on the Maah Daah Hey Trail through the park.
35 Primitive Campsites
Price: $12 per night
6 Group Primitive Campsites
(ability to put multiple units on one site)
Price: $12 per night, per unit
*Detailed information about each campsite is available on the reservation system.
- Campsites and seasonal lodging can be booked 95 days in advance from the date you wish to stay.
- Reservations can be made online or by calling the call center (800-807-4723).
- The full list of park fees can be found in the 2019 Fee's & Facilities Brochure
- Check-in is at 4:00 pm on the first day of the reservation and checkout is at 3:00 pm on the last day of the reservation.
- Pets are welcome but must stay on a leash. Most parks have off-leash areas or dog parks for your four-legged friends.
- The cancellation policy and reservation information can be found here.
Sully Creek State Park is one of North Dakotas designated horse parks. This park is set up with 66 corrals and additional amenities to accommodate equestrian users.
What you need to know
In addition to a park entrance fee, equestrian riders need to purchase a horse pass. Daily and annual options are available and are required per horse. Permits are available for purchase in the park or online here. The money generated from these fees goes towards maintaining horse trails.
Daily fee: $6/horse
Annual fee: $30/horse
- Users are responsible for the upkeep of corrals and other impact areas. Please clean up hay and manure daily and before you leave, both in the park corrals and all use areas.
- Ride only on trails designated for horse use. Ask park staff for information about park areas that are closed to horseback riding such as, campgrounds, playgrounds, or picnic areas.
- Tie horses to corral posts or horse trailers, not to trees. The use of hobbles is prohibited.
- Leave all gates as you found them.
- All North Dakota State Park and Recreation Area maps are available free on Avenza maps, download the free App here.
- Hay is available for purchase at the park.
- Bringing horses into North Dakota: Information on health certificates and tests can be found on the North Dakota Department of Agriculture's website, https://www.nd.gov/ndda/, under Animal Import Permits.
- Canoe access
- Dump station
- Pay shower house
- Round pen
- Vault toilets
- Water hydrants
Horseback riders, mountain bikers, and hikers have access to the 120-mile long Maah Daah Hey Trail, which traverses the Little Missouri National Grassland and to the 50 plus mile long Maah Daah Hey II Trail.