“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
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!
Love this park, saw a couple of bison, cactus, had a nice hike, beautiful.
Stunning place. I'd say go to the north unit, but you'll be stuck in oil patch traffic getting there.
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.
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.
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.
We drove the southern loop. We didn't have time on this trip We saw herds of wild horses, many prairie dog colonies, a couple of coyotes looking for some prairie dog dinner, a very majestic bison, and younger bison rushing for a special dinner since it seemed they recognized the ranger vehicle arriving at the farm. There were a lot of young bison around on a warm November day.
Theodore Roosevelt is a lot different than all the other parks and the geography features are pretty but not super impressive. We had a good time though because of the wildlife. You get right next to the bison. We also saw wild horses and pronghorn.
The Cottonwood campground was really nice. The site we stayed at was more private and the bathrooms were close. It was our favorite campground out of Glacier NP, Waterton Lakes NP, and the Badlands that we went to this trip.
Another perk of this park is that it's not crowded!
We camped in cottonwood. It was basically primitive for RVs, but really beautiful and cool being at the base of the canyon.
$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!
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Theodore Roosevelt National Park
- Sun - Sat: 12:00 am - 11:59 pm
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