Unwrapping the mystery of Coteau des Prairies

Published: Sep. 18, 2016 at 4:20 PM CDT
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North Dakota is famous for natural wonders like the Badlands and Red River Valley, but another impressive land formation, the Coteau des Prairies, remains a mystery to many.

If you travel Off the Beaten Path to the southeastern edge of the state to learn about this land mass that is a mystery to many.

The Coteau des Prairies is a plateau that rises out of prairie flatlands and was formed by receding ice age glaciers. It was mapped and named by French-American explorer Joseph Nicollet. The name means slope or hill of the prairie.

Perched on a hill overlooking the northernmost ridge of this impressive geologic formation is the Coteau des Prairies Lodge.

"The lodge is on a active farm property and we love to share our surroundings with guests. It is one of the most scenic places in North Dakota and few people know about it," says Phillip Breker, Director of Marketing for the lodge.

The events center caters to large and small groups, family, social and business gatherings.

"We have a lot of family reunions, weddings, anniversaries and birthday parties, but we are also getting into business retreats," says Joe Breker, Executive Manager of Coteau des Prairies Lodge.

Joe Breker has farmed the property that's located along the North and South Dakota border since 1979. He loves giving guests agricultural tours.

"If someone has never been in a combine, we'll take them out," says Breker.

Another popular activity for guests is hiking.

"Lots of people like to explore and get out in nature. There's enough hills and terrain to keep them occupied," says Breker.

The rustic lodge features thirteen private rooms with two beds per room. When guests rent the entire facility they have access to the kitchen, grounds, and great room which showcases the breathtaking scenery surrounding the site.

"The amenities are beautiful. There's a sense of stepping back in time and it's peaceful and there's such beautiful views, you can see the full panoramic view of the land," says Mary Beeson, who came from Minneapolis, Minnesota, to stay at the lodge.

Coteau des Prairies Lodge is located a bit off the beaten path, but many guests say time spent here is worth the jaunt.

Coteau des Prairies Lodge is located four miles south, three and a half miles east and one and a half miles south of Rutland, North Dakota.

For more information call 701-680-1175 or visit the lodge's website at