The best camping near Little Missouri State Park

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American RV Stay And Play

8 sites · RVs1 acre · South Heart, ND
We are a cozy little property right in the beautiful town of South Heart, just about 25 minutes from Medora and approximately 10 minutes from Dickinson. We are located just blocks from the Pheasant Country Golf Course and also blocks from the famous 'I Don't Know Bar'. We have four big rig-friendly 100-ft pull-through lots with full RV hookups and 50-ft back in spots plus a lot for weekly and monthly rentals. We have 30 and 50 amp options. Be sure to follow us on Facebook! (It won't let us put the link lol) REMINDER: There are no available bathrooms or showers on the property at this point. By reserving a space, you agree to adhere to the following rules: American RV Stay and Play has a no refund policy, however, for extreme circumstances, we may consider a refund on a case-by-case basis. Minimum age for renting a spot is 21 years of age, and all campers and guests are responsible for following the rules listed on the reservation form. Prepayment is required for all stays. Check in is at 1pm. Check out is at 11am. Pick up after your pet; this includes waste and food. Pets must always be on a leash if outside of your rv and not in a penned area. Make sure waste is kept in the provided garbage container at the north property entrance and not outside of your RV. Dispose of RV black and grey tank contents properly in the sewer pipe and do not dump on the ground. Absolutely no shooting firearms on property. No lighting fireworks on property without permission. Please be respectful of other campers, and keep your outside area tidy and any detached items inside when you are not at your RV. We do not have a bath/shower house on the property at this point, and we apologize for this inconvenience. By reserving an RV spot at American RV Stay and Play, you agree to receive emails on upcoming events, updates and other American RV Stay and Play information. We do not spam people or sell information, so don't worry about that! By reserving a space, you agree to follow the rules above and will be responsible for your guests, campers, pets, personal belongings, vehicles and the RV you bring with you during my stay. If these rules are not followed by you or your guests, you may be asked to leave and not provided a refund, per American RV Stay and Play's no refund policy. Thank you for respecting your RV lot, and email us with any questions at
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The best camping near Little Missouri State Park guide



Hike, fish, or paddle in these picturesque badlands near Lake Sakakawea. Hop on your trusty steed through 45 miles of rugged trails through canyons, valleys, and hills. A total of 81 horse corrals are available throughout the park.

Pack your binoculars to view wildlife, such as eagles, coyotes, hawks, and deer. Eagles and hawks soar overhead looking for a meal. Listen for packs of coyotes squealing, barking, and howling to each other at night as they hunt. Deer hop over your trail or stick their heads up in the high grass.

Fish in the river to catch your dinner for the night. The river is muddy, so you might need some nifty bait to land bluegill, carpsuckers, and catfish. If you're lucky, you might find walleye and fingerling pike.

A total of 28 seasonal campgrounds offer electrical hook-ups. Three primitive campsites have spots for tents. Groups can rent a group shelter for convenience. Five handcrafted cabins provide glamping options.

Notable campgrounds

  • Primitive Campsites: Immerse yourself in nature with a stay at one of the three available primitive sites.
  • Group Shelter Campsites: Perfect for gatherings, these sites include shelters and accommodate multiple camping units.
  • Modern Campsites: Enjoy the convenience of electricity at one of the 28 modern campsites within the park.

Tips for snagging a campsite

  • Book your campsite 95 days in advance to secure your preferred dates.
  • Use the online reservation system or call the call center at 800-807-4723 for assistance.
  • Check the park's cancellation policy and reservation information beforehand to understand the terms.
  • Explore nearby camping options if your desired campsite is unavailable.

When to go

The best time to visit Little Missouri State Park is between May and October when the park is open. The summer months offer warm weather ideal for exploring the trails, while spring and fall provide cooler temperatures and fewer visitors. Winter visits are not possible as the park is closed during this season.

Know before you go

  • Remember to purchase a horse pass if you're planning to ride, with daily and annual options available.
  • Keep pets on a leash, and utilize designated off-leash areas for their enjoyment.
  • Stay prepared by checking trail conditions with park staff, as they can change with the weather.
  • Respect private land by keeping to designated trails and leaving gates as you find them.
  • Download the free Avenza maps app for access to all North Dakota State Park and Recreation Area maps.

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