Buffalo Gap Campground

Buffalo Gap Campground features many amenities for an enjoyable camping experience. A camp host is on site from Memorial Day to Labor Day.


At a Glance

Reservations: First-come, first-served. No reservations are accepted.
Area Amenities: Accessible
Fees: $20 per night. Payments can be placed in the fee tube located at the entrance to the campground; payments must be made immediately upon selecting a site.
Open Season: All year (limited services in winter)
Restrictions: Stay limit of 14 consecutive days. Horses are not allowed in the campground.
Closest Towns: Medora, ND
Water: Pressurized drinking water system (mid-May to mid-October)
Restroom: Two comfort stations with sinks and flush toilets (summer); 3 coin-operated showers; 1 vault toilet
Information Center: Medora Ranger District office, 701-227-7800

General Information


 Approximately seven miles west of Medora, ND on I-94 at exit 18 just off of Forest Road 726A.


Parking pads up to 60-feet long. Livestock and trailers allowed in the day-use trailhead parking area only.

Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information


Campground Camping

No. of Sites 36 sites each with a fire ring with grill.
No. of Accessible sites 15 accessible sites.

RV Camping

Group Camping

Day Hiking

The Buffalo Gap Trailhead accessing the Maah Daah Hey Trail is located at this campground.

Horse Riding

Horses allowed only at Buffalo Gap Trailhead Loop

Viewing Wildlife

A prairie dog town is located near the campground.

Viewing Scenery

There is a paved trail to a scenic vista overlooking the Badlands. A pollinator garden is available to view native plants and local pollinators seasonally.


Picnic tables at each camp site.

Group Picnicking

Large, 75-person picnic shelter


Accessible: 15 sites, shower facilities, bathrooms, vault toilets, and picnic shelter are all accessible.

Recreation Areas

Recreation Activities


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