Bordering on the Missouri River in central North Dakota, this park features some open mixed-grass prairie, with woodlands which include willow, cottonwood, and burr oak.
Deer, bobcat, and wild turkey are among the park’s wildlife. Adjacent is the 6,000-acre Cross Ranch Nature Preserve, owned by the Nature Conservancy, and in this area is a herd of bison.
Activities: There are 15 miles of trails for hiking in the park and nearby preserve. The trails are used for cross-country skiing in winter. Canoeing is available on the Missouri River, which is part of the Lewis and Clark National Historical Trail.
Camping Regulations: A single backcountry camping area is located along the river, over two miles from the visitor center, and camping is limited to that area. Visitors must first check in at the center. Numbers of campers are restricted.
For Further Information: Cross Ranch State Park, Star Route 112A, Hensler, ND 58547; (701)794-3731.
Primitive camping is also allowed, except where posted otherwise, in most of North Dakota’s many
Wildlife Management Areas. Located around the state, these areas are used primarily for hunting and fishing, and also offer a limited amount of hiking. For more information contact the North Dakota Game and Fish Department, 100 North Bismarck Expressway, Bismarck, ND 58501; (701)221-6300.