“It was here that the romance of my life began” – Theodore Roosevelt
Experience the place that so inspired the 26th President of the USA. Located in the west of North Dakota, Theodore Roosevelt National Park boasts sweeping Badlands views and up-close wildlife viewing. Hiking trails showcase the grandeur of the rugged landscape and ranger-led activities provide the opportunity to gain an understanding of the natural world.
The park has three distinctly different Units; the North, South and Elkhorn Ranch. The South Unit, accessed through the historic and picturesque town of Medora, has a 36-mile scenic loop road which showcases the beauty of the Badlands and visitors can view bison, wild horses, elk and prairie dogs. Visitors can also visit the Maltese Cross Cabin, Theodore Roosevelt’s first home in the area.
The North Unit just south of Watford City has deeper canyons and forested areas. The 14-mile scenic drive meanders past River bend Outlook, one of the most photographed views in North Dakota. Visitors with a keen eye can spot bighorn sheep on the rugged slopes.
The Elkhorn Ranch Unit has great scenery, history and solitude. Only the cornerstones of Roosevelt’s former home ranch remain, but the beauty and wilderness will be preserved forever. The actual ranch is accessed via a ¾ mile walk from the road.