Winter Show Dr., Valley City, ND – Get Directions
Serenity off exit 292
I was driving through North Dakota this past summer and it was getting late so, I stopped in Valley City. I stayed in the AmericInn and noticed the sign for Medicine Wheel Park from my room. I checked it out and was amazed to see what a peaceful place it was. To paint a picture, there is a road that takes you to the park and south of it is and Industrial Park. This may turn you off to the idea of visiting the park but once you park, or in my case bike over there, all fears are lost. You are welcomed into the park by a large perennial flower garden, which is meticulously maintained. Then walking across the parking lot leads you to the solar system model. There are helpful kiosks that tell you what everything is and how it is pertinent to history along with its function. There are remains of burial grounds and the North Country Trail goes through the park. In addition there are some great views on the path that leads you through Saturn to Pluto. I believe that the looking point was just past Uranus. I was privileged to have spoke with one of the workers and found out that the park is a student project that was started almost two decades ago by a professor at the local University. I highly recommend that if you are in the Valley City area you stop up to one of the most educational and genuinely interesting parks in eastern North Dakota.
My kids loved the "solar system"
Medicine Wheel Park is a nice place to get out and stretch your legs while driving across North Dakota. Its two types of solar calendars and "walking tour" of the solar system along several paths was great fun for my kids. (Note--Pluto is across the parking lot. You'll know what I mean when you see it.) Indian Burial Mounds and a nice view of Valley City are also part of the park.