Stanley, North Dakota Area


Stanley, North Dakota sits next to the Great Northern Railroad lines that once brought settlers to the area eagerly searching for land. When Mountrail County was organized, Stanley was the biggest town around so it became the county seat. It is believed Stanley was named after an early settler. What began as a quiet ranching and farming community has now changed into a rapidly growing small city. Properties in Stanley, North Dakota sit on top of the Bakken Formation, which geologists believe could hold over four billion barrels of oil.

Even though it is experiencing rapid change due to the area’s oil and gas activity, this great small town still offers activities for everyone. Mountrail County’s 4-H Basketball Tournament takes place in Stanley’s gym each spring. The best student athletes in Mountrail and surrounding counties are showcased at this competitive event.


Stanley’s Fourth of July celebration brings in a lively parade, children’s activities, food and plenty of fireworks. The Historic Sibly Center for Life Enrichment of Stanley hosts a highly regarded musical and entertainment show in conjunction with the Fourth of July celebration. Homes are available near the beautiful Sibly Center.

Stanley’s local arena hosts the annual July Mountrail County Rodeo. The region’s best bareback riders, saddle bronc riders, bull riders and steer ropers put on a great show while competing for cash prizes. The annual Burke County Birding Festival at nearby Lostwood National Wildlife Refuge brings in bird watchers from all over the country. The land in this area is known for producing more ducks than anywhere else in the country.

Along with these events, Stanley offers plenty of activities for families considering a home in Stanley, North Dakota. Home buyers will want a closer look at the majestic Mountrail County Courthouse. This French Renaissance building is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Activities and Attractions

A Stanley, ND home buyer will also enjoy some of the town’s other attractions. Nearby Flickertail Village is an outdoor museum featuring pioneer era buildings. Wilson Park has picnic areas, a playground, a horseshoe pit, and ball courts. Right next door to the park is the Ray Rude Outdoor Swimming Pool. Swimmers can also enjoy the warm water therapy pool at the town’s Ina Mae Rude Aquatic Center. Golfers find the city’s nine hole Prairie Rose Golf Course offers exercise in a scenic setting.

Stanley’s Dakota Drug and their famous Whirl-A-Whip machine is another fun spot for homeowners in Stanley. This antique machine mixes ice cream with all types of ingredients to make desserts just like our great-great grandparents once enjoyed.

Plenty of shopping, restaurants, a local movie theater, great library and other small town features make Stanley, North Dakota a nice place to live. A Basin Brokers Realtor can tell you more about this great town.

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