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Cross Ranch State Park

1403 River Rd.
Center  North Dakota  58530
United States
(701) 794-3731
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Midwest Living Review

Beth Schatz Kaylor
This primitive North Dakota campground offers few frills, but the beautiful scenery makes it a great place to get away from it all.

If you can’t live without a curling iron, you may want to go elsewhere. Cross Ranch isn’t for campers who need a full program of structured activities, a fully stocked convenience store and cable TV hook-ups, but don’t cross the Cross Ranch off your list just yet.  Although this is a primitive campground with only a few electric RV sites, the serene Missouri River setting amid the cottonwood trees is magical. The park is a mecca for North Dakota nature-lovers who flock to this forest with their tents for quiet weekends of hiking and campfires. Miles of trails invite both novice and experienced hikers to explore the area; canoe and kayak rentals give visitors the opportunity to get on the river. 

Showers and regular toilets are available at the visitors center; however, it’s a long walk from some of the campsites. Rustic vault toilets are scattered throughout the grounds. Camping rates are $12 per night for primitive sites, $15 per night with electrical hook-up, plus a $5 daily vehicle pass. There are also two primitive cabins and three yurts available to rent, none with running water. Guests must bring linens and kitchen gear, but the cabins and yurts all have electricity and a heating source (except for the backcountry yurt). 

Visited: 
May 26, 2012

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