The Dakota Prairie National Grasslands is located in both North and South Dakota.
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Welcome to the Dakota Prairie National Grasslands!

Photograph of big horn sheep on a grassy ledge.Welcome to the Dakota Prairie Grasslands, where pristine vistas inspire the imagination; where the rugged unspoiled beauty of the land invites exploration; and where the sights and sounds of the wide, rolling prairie stimulate the senses.

Stretching over 1,259,000 acres, the Dakota Prairie National Grasslands offers visitors the opportunity to view elk, antelope, whitetail and mule deer, bighorn sheep, coyotes, sharptail grouse, greater prairie chicken, pheasants, wild turkeys, eagles, falcons, and the busy prairie dogs. Recreational opportunities offer hiking, camping, horseback riding, photography, canoeing, fishing, hunting, and backpacking.


Map of the Dakota Prairie GrasslandsThe National Grasslands are not solid blocks of National Forest System lands; rather, they are intermingled with other federal, state, and privately owned lands. This mixed ownership pattern contributes to the uniqueness of the National Grasslands.

Each of the National Grasslands has a flavor all its own. The tallgrass prairies of the Sheyenne National Grassland are a significant contrast to the stark badlands found in the Little Missouri National Grassland. The resources are as varied also; paleontological and archeological digs, oil and gas production, cattle grazing, and recreation.


Dakota Prairie Grasslands Land Resource Management Plan



New and Updated Grassland Projects

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1.   North Billings County Range Allotment Management Plan  Revision

2.   NW Sheyenne Vegetation Management Project

3.   Elkhorn Gravel Pit

4.   Greater Sage Grouse Plan Amendment




Dakota Prairie Grassland Photos

Medora Landscape

A gallery of scenic photos from the Dakota Prairie Grasslands.


  • Recreation Site Status Link opens in a Pdf Document
    Click to view recreation site status as of 07/11/2014.
  • Maah Daah Hey Trail System Grand Opening Link opens in a Pdf Document
    The Maah Daah Hey Trail System Grand Opening (June 7-14) will be located at Sully Creek State Park.
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