Magpie Campground

Northwestern Great Plains, North Dakota

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Magpie Campground


  • Road at the back of the campground leading to the trail to the Maah Daah Hey.- Magpie Campground
  • Typical site in Magpie Campground.- Magpie Campground
  • Water station.- Magpie Campground
  • Beautiful views of the badlands from the campground.- Magpie Campground
  • Entrance to the campground.- Magpie Campground
  • Views from Magpie Campground.- Magpie Campground
  • Campground board and pay station.- Magpie Campground
  • Vault toilet located in center of the campground.- Magpie Campground
  • Turnoff from the main road to Magpie Campground.- Magpie Campground
Overview + Weather
Views. Secluded. Nearby trail.
Hard to find.
Northwestern Great Plains, ND
Managed by: 
Forest Service
Pets allowed: 
Parking Pass: 
Not Required
Preferable Season(s):
Spring, Summer, Fall
Reservations possible: 
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Campground Description

Campground Description


Magpie Campground is located about halfway between Theodore Roosevelt National Park’s south and north units. It is about 90 minutes from Medora by car, a drive that takes you through the farm-and-oil roads of North Dakota. It is nestled in a wooded area surrounded by buttes, which make up the landscape of North Dakota’s badlands. The campground offers trail access to the Maah Daah Hey Trail, which is open to horseback riding, hiking, and mountain biking.

The campground features 10 campsites that include a fire pit, picnic table, and vehicle accommodation for one or two cars. Some campsites can fit a small RV, camper, or trailer, but there are no hookups available. There is a vault toilet, which typically has toilet paper, but you might want to bring your own just in case.

It also features running water. The water may be turned off during the winter months, and if you arrive in early spring, April or May, you may have to pump for quite awhile to get any water, up to 30 minutes. Bring your own water; it is very sparse in the badlands. If the spigot does not produce water, you are out of luck. During the summer months, there should not be any issues with the water since the campground is occupied more frequently. Campsites are first-come, first-served. 

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