“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.