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“Rich in Native American History and a quiet stress free locale” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Knife River Indian Villages Historic Site

Knife River Indian Villages Historic Site
564 County Road 37, Stanton, ND, ND 58571
701-745-3300
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Minnesota
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“Rich in Native American History and a quiet stress free locale”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2013

Knife River was well worth a visit. The staff was very informative, the video the park service provides is very interesting and filled with facts about the history of the natives of this region along the Northern Missouri River and its tributaries. The visitor center is worth every minute but don't just stop there. The trail which loops through the park was very inspiring. Full of native flora and fauna and only the sound of the wind you can't help but feel relaxed and understand why the early peoples chose this spot along the banks of the Knife River as their summer home. My wife and I thoroughly enjoyed our time here.

Visited May 2013
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Palm Desert, CA
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“Glad We Stopped”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2012

This was recommended to us by a friend. We were very happy we added it to our visit. The site was interesting and we had complete solitude for a few minutes on the trail, hearing only the wind and nature's critters. The staff was friendly and helpful and all the exhibits well done. Highly recommend!

Visited August 2012
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San Rafael, CA
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“A Beautiful and Informative Place”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2012

I ran across this National Historic Site in a guidebook while looking for places to stop on our long journey across North Dakota this summer. It sounded fascinating and we were not disappointed. The visitor center is small but well designed; the film and exhibits are very well done and informative. Walking into the full size replica of a Hidatsa earth lodge was an unforgettable experience. This is another piece of our history which most of us know all too little about. We were there too early to have our picnic lunch, but the picnic area on this beautiful site was very inviting.

This was just one of several stops we made in North Dakota; it is a state with many more attractions than most people imagine.

Visited July 2012
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Saint Louis Park, Minnesota
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“Off the beaten path but worth the journey......”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2012

Best stop of all on our journey across North Dakota. My 8-yr-old grandson was asked by a kindly park ranger named Ella if he would like to become a Jr Park Ranger. He was hooked. The assignment was to identify and answer questions about exhibits inside and outside the visitor center. He learned. We learned. A ranger pin and badge were his reward. A short film introduces the history of the Hidatsa Indian villages that thrived here during the 16th and 17th centuries. The exhibits are outstanding and beautifully displayed with well written explanations. Did I mention the reconstucted earthlodge? It was a great experience.

Visited August 2012
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Aiken, South Carolina
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“We enjoyed Knife River.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2012

Knife River Indian Villages Historic Site is out from Stanton, northwest of Bismarck. We saw a film in the Visitor Center snd then headed outside to see the earth lodge. You can go inside this large earth lodge. We had seen other earth lodges inside museums; this one was real and outside. Children would enjoy seeing this. We walked around the loop trail that took us down by the river. Various area were marked off for archaelogical digs. You could see the different layers of the soil in the side of the hill by the river. There is no fee, but they take donations.

Visited July 2012
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