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Theodore Roosevelt National Park

315 2nd Avenue, Medora, North Dakota 58645 USA

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“in honor of a President”

Theodore Roosevelt's ideas about nature and conservation were dramatically shaped by experiences in the west. As a young boy growing up, TR's head was filled with romantic visions of the wild west where the huge herds of bison roamed the plains. When Theodore Roosevelt came to Dakota Territory to hunt bison in 1883, he was a skinny, young, spectacled dude from New York. He could not have imagined how his adventure in this remote and unfamiliar place would forever alter the course of the nation. The rugged landscape and strenuous life that TR experienced here would help shape a conservation policy that we still benefit from today. Explore the spectacular North Dakota badlands, watch abundant prairie wildlife, and experience a place that changed Theodore Roosevelt's life. "I do not believe that any man can adequately appreciate the world of to-day unless he has some knowledge of...[and] some feeling for...the history of the world of the past." Theodore Roosevelt

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Reviewed by
elbehling

  • 3 Reviews
  • 6 Helpful
April 10, 2018
Rated 5.0

North Unit! North Unit! North Unit! What a beautiful place. The southern unit is nice but, that's where the tourists go. If you want no crowds, plenty of wildlife, and stunning landscape, head to the north unit. We planned to stay a night or two and wound up staying for 5. The generator noise stops at 8pm (yay!) and you are left to simply enjoy the night sky. Be prepared to be awoken by bison traveling through the campgrounds, they are everywhere. Of all the National Parks we've visited, this one ranks in the top 5.

6 people found this review helpful

Reviewed by
lishers

  • 1 Review
  • 5 Helpful
August 20, 2014

Gorgeous national park! We saw lots of bison, prairie dogs, turkeys and even a coyote! We couldn't find a hotel nearby due to the oil drillers on our cross country trek, but had camping gear with us and decided to stay here in their campground on a whim. It was a fabulous decision! The bison heard walked through the campground as we were setting up and awoke us doing the same in the morning. Certainly a once in a lifetime sort of experience!

5 people found this review helpful

Reviewed by
whitteach

  • 9 Reviews
  • 7 Helpful
July 02, 2016
Rated 5.0

$20 per car to get into the park Nice wildlife loop drive (~35 miles). Beautiful scenery...saw prairie dogs, bison, an antelope and a wild mustang. Worth the trip!

4 people found this review helpful

Reviewed by
digdig

  • 4 Reviews
  • 10 Helpful
July 04, 2014
Rated 5.0

Stunning place. I'd say go to the north unit, but you'll be stuck in oil patch traffic getting there.

4 people found this review helpful

Reviewed by
cjb

  • 2 Reviews
  • 6 Helpful
June 02, 2014

Love this park, saw a couple of bison, cactus, had a nice hike, beautiful.

4 people found this review helpful

Reviewed by
Dana P.

  • 14 Reviews
  • 6 Helpful
March 06, 2018
Rated 5.0

We took a family road trip to Theodore Roosevelt National Park, Yellowstone, and the Grand Tetons, and TRNP was our favorite part of the whole trip. The hiking was wonderful and the views spectacular. We loved it! We saw prairie dogs and buffalo. There were a lot fewer tourists compared to the other parks we visited on our trip. It was a park we'd love to go back to someday.

2 people found this review helpful

Reviewed by
LisaDonnettBigaouette

  • 1 Review
  • 2 Helpful
July 15, 2015
Rated 5.0

Our family of 6 stayed one night in the south loop site 31. Good pull through spot as our motor home pulled a short trailer. Room for both. Partially shaded site. Semi private no hook ups. Went on the wildlife loop saw buffalo, prairie dogs and wild horses. Went on the ridge line trail was a good shorter hike with the kids. Lots of height climb in the beginning but then it levels off. Saw a band of wild horses on the trail.
Would definitely go back.

2 people found this review helpful

Reviewed by
mojo567

  • 17 Reviews
  • 0 Helpful
July 14, 2021
Rated 5.0

We loved our day in TRNP. Spent most of our day driving the scenic loop ( FYI, as if today part of the loop is closed so you just turn around and drive back out) we saw tons of Bison, a few wild horses, prairie dogs and amazing scenery! Loved it. We bought an America the Beautiful National Park pass so entry was free. Rangers at visitor center were helpful. Didn’t do the ranger tour, but walked through Teddy R. Maltose Cabin, neat. All around, would highly recommend it!!

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Reviewed by
Anthony Buckli

  • 4 Reviews
  • 0 Helpful
June 30, 2021

Bison vs. Buffalo - they need your help. I am on a mission to help call these animals by their real name which is BISON. Buffalos live in Africa. Please spread the word. Thanks, the Bison appreciate it.

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Reviewed by
tacitus

  • 6 Reviews
  • 0 Helpful
May 03, 2021
Rated 4.0

Painted Canyons reminded me of the Badlands National Park in SD. Nice place to visit.

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Theodore Roosevelt National Park

315 2nd Avenue
Medora, North Dakota
58645 USA

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  • Sun - Sat: 12:00 am - 11:59 pm

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