Travelers seeking leisurely vacations filled with modern-day comforts need not apply here; the annual Fort Seward Wagon Train is a rugged pioneer adventure best suited to history buffs, equestrian enthusiasts, hardcore campers and devoted lovers of the great outdoors. To spend one day, let alone an entire week, walking alongside a covered wagon pulled by a team of horses is exhausting, especially when temperatures climb into the 80s. But for those who delight in adventure travel, this journey a unique experience. A group of ranchers and locals made the first trip on horseback in 1969, and the wagon train has rolled through North Dakota each summer ever since.
In 2012, the 79-mile trek from Jamestown to Fullerton required five full days, 11 wagons and 24 draft horses. Many details of the trip have been fine-tuned over the years, such as the addition of "Biffy,” a portable four-seat latrine complete with a covered wagon top and mirrors in each stall. All meals are provided, but participants are required to help prepare the food, build fires and perform other daily chores. In the evenings, skits, historical programs and songs around the campfire keep participants entertained, if they can stay awake long enough. Registration fees are $445 per adult; space is limited.