The best camping near Sully Creek State Park

Discover the most magical spots to pitch your tent or park your rig on your next Sully Creek adventure.

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The best camping near Sully Creek State Park guide



In the epicenter of the North Dakota badlands, near Medora and Theodore Roosevelt National Park, you’ll find the wonderful Sully Creek State Park. When the Little Missouri River is flowin’ high, canoeing the river’s 274 miles is an excellent way to see the badlands from a different perspective. Plus, it’s the state’s only State Scenic River, so you know it’s kind of a big deal. Other fun activities include hiking and mountain biking, with the 120-mile long Maah Daah Hey Trail being a fan favorite. The park is primitive, but there are corrals available for equestrians, and there’s a small campground with vault toilets. Plan your trip early, as this park is seasonal, and is only open from April 1 to November 30.

Notable campgrounds

  • Modern Campsites: Equipped with electricity and water, these sites offer a touch of comfort in the wilderness.
  • Modern Equestrian Campsites: These sites cater to horse lovers, featuring corral access and essential utilities.
  • Primitive Campsites: For a more rustic experience, these sites provide a true sense of adventure under the stars.

Tips for snagging a campsite

  • Book your campsite 95 days in advance to secure your ideal spot.
  • Utilize the online reservation system or call the call center at 800-807-4723 for assistance.
  • Review the full list of park fees in the Fees & Facilities Brochure to plan your budget accordingly.
  • Explore nearby camping options to increase your chances of finding the perfect site.

When to go

The best time to visit Sully Creek State Park is during the spring and early summer when the weather is mild and the park's activities are in full swing. However, be mindful of the early spring river conditions for water activities. Winters can be harsh, making some activities and access to certain areas more challenging.

Know before you go

  • Remember to purchase a horse pass if you're planning on equestrian activities, with daily and annual options available.
  • Pets are welcome but must remain on a leash, with designated off-leash areas available.
  • Check-in for your campsite is at 4pm, and checkout is at 3pm on the last day of your reservation.
  • Always clean up after your horse in corrals and use areas to maintain the park's natural beauty.
  • Download the free Avenza maps app for detailed maps of North Dakota State Park and Recreation Areas.

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