Panoramic Views Await You at Butte Saint Paul

Park Overview:


Over the northeastern edge of North Dakota, deep within the heart of Bottineau County, and northwest of Dunseith City, is Butte Saint Paul Recreation Area, a historical site marked by an elevation of 671 meters or 2,201 feet above sea level. The park used to be home to the state’s highest elevation point until White Butte was discovered. A visit to Butte Saint Paul gives you panoramic views of the picturesque Turtle Mountains down below.


In 1850, George Anthony Belcourt, the state’s second missionary, embarked on a journey to preach the gospel to the Native American Indians settled around Ot Accowabiwinins, the highest known peak in North Dakota at that time. Unfortunately, Belcourt and his company of guides and sled dogs were caught in the midst of a giant blizzard, so they sought refuge atop the peak by burying themselves deep in the snow. On January 25, Belcourt offered a Thanksgiving mass where he blessed a wooden court that he had placed on top of the mountain, which he subsequent named Butte Saint Paul.


To preserve the natural beauty of the area, park administrators have decided to forgo the establishment of modern amenities at Butte Saint Paul. The cross that was planted by Belcourt on top of the highest point is no longer there, although its remnants were found sometime in the 1930s. On its place is a landmark of stones built to commemorate the site where Belcourt and his company were kept safe from the snowstorm.


There are no designated hiking trails, camping grounds, or boating ramps on Butte Saint Paul, but the surrounding park can be explored on foot. Hikers, campers, and adventurers who want to experience the park’s natural beauty should bring their own equipment.

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Park Details:
Park Name: Butte Saint Paul Showers: No
State Park: No Electrical Hookups: No
Address: Latitude: 48.8541696, Longitude: -100.1965228 Playground: No
City: Bottineau County Acreage: 10
State: North Dakota Horses Allowed: No
Zip Code: 58318 Picknicking: Yes
Phone Number: (701) 263-4651 Boating: Yes
Toll Free Number: Canoeing: Yes
Reservation Number: Water Skiing: Yes
Email Address: Fishing: Yes
RV Sites: No Swimming: Yes
Pets Allowed: No Restaurant: No
Hiking: Yes Reservations Allowed: No
Biking: No Others:
Cabins & Lodging: No Tent Camping: Yes


For information on entrance and other fees, call (701) 263-4651 or send an email to

Hours and Seasons:

Butte Saint Paul is open all year round.