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Theodore Roosevelt National Park

Theodore Roosevelt National Park

Theodore Roosevelt National Park

Location: North Dakota, United States

Features: Wildlife viewing, hiking, camping, stargazing

About the Theodore Roosevelt National Park

About Theodore Roosevelt National Park - image of the park and wild horses

Theodore Roosevelt National Park is an American national park comprising three geographically separated areas of badlands in western North Dakota. The park honors U.S. President Theodore Roosevelt and is the only American national park named directly after a single person.

The park covers 70,446 acres of land in three sections: the North Unit, the South Unit, and the Elkhorn Ranch Unit. Both main units of the park have scenic drives, approximately 100 miles of foot and horse trails, wildlife viewing, and opportunities for back country hiking and camping.

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Top 3 Adventure Hacks For Teddy Roosevelt National Park

1) Responsible Wildlife Viewing

One of the most popular attractions in Theodore Roosevelt Park. Among the local wildlife, bison may be more dangerous and visitors are advised to view them from a distance.

The scenery changes constantly in relationship with the seasons.

The brown, dormant grass dominates from late summer through the winter, but explodes into green color in the early summer along with hundreds of species of flowering plants. Winter can be a beautiful scene as snow covers the sharp terrain of the badlands and locks the park into what Theodore Roosevelt called “an abode of iron desolation. 

No matter what the adventure, always be sure to bring the necessary outdoor gear with you.

2)  Back Country Hiking & Horseback Riding

The park is also popular for back country hiking and horseback riding. Permits for back country camping may be obtained at the South Unit or North Unit Visitor Centers. Over 100 miles of trail make it a fine hiking park, though water and shade are limited along trails. 

3) Plan Your Visit Ahead Of Time

Check the local forecast and current road condition before planning a visit to the park. Visitors can explore the park any time of the year, but visitor center hours vary by season. In winter, there are occasional road closures for snow and ice. Campgrounds are open year-round. Pets are welcome to visit but must remain on a leash and cannot go on trails. Best to Stay connected with Theodore Roosevelt Park social media such as website and other handy tool w/c contains important information on park regulations, trip planning information, descriptions on hiking trails and other pertinent information on visiting the park.

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