Wednesday ยท May 15, 2024
Discover the Beauty of Schnell Ranch Recreation Area, North Dakota
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Schnell Ranch Recreation Area in North Dakota | Top Horse Trails

The 2,000-acre Schnell Ranch Recreation Area in North Dakota holds a rich history as a former working cattle ranch owned and operated by the Schnell family for 80 years. In 1993, this picturesque land became public property, thanks to the collaborative efforts of the Bureau of Land Management, the Conservation Fund, the Richard King Mellon Foundation, and the Schnell family.

A Diverse Wildlife Habitat

The area's native mixed-grass prairie, hardwood draws, and former pasture lands provide a diverse range of habitats for wildlife. Visitors to Schnell Ranch Recreation Area may be treated to sightings of ducks, ring-necked pheasants, sharp-tailed grouse, Hungarian or grey partridges, white-tailed and mule deer, turkeys, rabbits, squirrels, porcupines, and neotropical migratory birds such as bluebirds, warblers, and flickers.

Outdoor Adventures Await

Schnell Ranch is a non-motorized area, making it an ideal destination for those seeking a peaceful retreat in nature. Whether you enjoy wildlife viewing, nature photography, hiking, mountain biking, horseback riding, cross-country skiing, camping, or environmental education, Schnell Ranch has something for everyone.

Primitive Camping in Nature's Embrace

Dispersed primitive tent camping is permitted throughout the area, allowing visitors to immerse themselves in the beauty of the landscape. The only exception is along an established 1.5-mile nature trail, which is preserved for the enjoyment of all.

Plan Your Visit

Escape the hustle and bustle of city life and experience the tranquility of Schnell Ranch Recreation Area. With its diverse wildlife, stunning natural landscapes, and an array of outdoor activities, Schnell Ranch is the perfect destination for nature lovers and outdoor enthusiasts alike.


From Dickinson, drive about 25 miles east on Interstate 94. Take State Highway 8 north to Richardton. Take Old State Highway 10 east from Richardton for about one mile, then turn north on the County Rd and drive about .5 mile to the property boundary. Signs direct you to the Recreation Area.


Schnell Ranch Recreation Area offers the following facilities and amenities:

  • Equestrian trails
  • Dispersed tent camping
  • Fire rings
  • Picnic tables
  • Lantern holder
  • Garbage can
  • Potable water (mid-April to mid-October)
  • Vault toilets


Cost Details:

  • Call for details



  • Please help to preserve the area--use only trash receptacles for your garbage. 
  • Be careful with fire. Use the fire rings that are provided and make sure your fire is completely out when you leave. Use only dead and down wood for fuel. 
  • Dispersed primitive tent camping is allowed on the property except along an established 1.5-mile nature trail.
  • Enjoy natural and cultural objects, such as rocks, flowers, and antlers, but please don't remove them.
  • Contact Details: 701-227-7700 and 


If you want to discover and explore other campsites and horse trails, here are some of them that you may visit:

UWHARRIE NATIONAL FOREST - Larrys Trail & River Trail





Schnell Ranch Recreation Area does not require reservations for overnight accommodations. Please visit their page here on Top Horse Trails - Schnell Ranch Recreation Area for more information