Located at one of the south entrances to Theodore Roosevelt National Park is Medora, North Dakota. Medora is a very small town with a population of approximately 125.  Most of Medora goes to sleep after Labor day and in May it wakes up and prepares to welcome thousands of visitors.  There are events taking place during the winter months and there are those who love visiting Theodore Roosevelt National Park during the winter.

Medora is best know for the “Medora Musical” which celebrated its 50th anniversary this year.  Every night from the first week in June through the second week in September the Medora Musical is performed in the beautiful Burning Hills Amphitheater.  Each summer over 100,000 people are entertained with song and dance that pays tribute to American Patriotism and the Old West.


The Medora Musical is a wonderful experience and enjoyed by all ages.  The Burning Hills Singers and the band – The Coal Diggers – have such energy and the fun they have performing is infectious.  The professional cast and the band rehearse for weeks in Minneapolis and the show’s ExecutiveProducer and Director, Curt Wollan is President and Executive Producer / Director for Troupe America, Inc, and lives in Minneapolis.

Minnesota Singer Chet Wollan has been with the show for 9 years and we want to congratulate him and singer Candice Lively, Burning Hills Singer from Tennessee on their upcoming wedding.




When you go to the musical be sure to go early to check out the Burning Hills Welcome Center and enjoy the spectacular view from the Hill.


Medora, the village, is a quaint little place with lots of gift/souvenir shops, restaurants with very good food, and hotels.  I’ve included a list of places to go, places to eat and sleep, and places to shop.  If you are traveling to Medora before June 1 or after labor day and there is a specific place you want to visit you will want to call ahead to make sure they haven’t closed for the winter.  For example the Badlands Pizza and Saloon closes on September 12 and opens June 1.  The “Bunkhouse” (lodging) is open from June 5 through September 12.  I might add that if you are going to be there during the summer you need to make lodging reservations in Medora…  like…. NOW.  I called for reservations two months prior to being there and everything had been booked.  Most people stay in Dickenson which is about 20 miles east of Medora.  .   MEDORA BUSINESSES

Enjoy your visit to Medora and the spectacular Medora Musical!!!



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