Theodore Roosevelt National Park
fall colors and river valley in Theodore Roosevelt National Park

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Coming from the east, Theodore Roosevelt National Park rises from the plains and gives you the first glimpse of the west. Towering cliffs and endless badlands swallow the prairie while high numbers of raptors soar above the rocky outcroppings and dusty valley floors. Mule deer enter the mix, as well as elk and pronghorn. Theodore Roosevelt National Park was initially created in 1945 as "Theodore Roosevelt National Memorial Park", but that was changed to the more prestigious full blown national park status in 1978. This new law also protected 29,000 acres in Theodore Roosevelt National Park as wilderness. The entire park is surrounded by a seven foot fence to keep the bison contained.

Large portions of Theodore Roosevelt National Park are very secluded and give an ultimate feeling of remoteness. The unusual landscape combined with the feeling of the wide open plains creates a rugged ambiance. Most people drive right past this park on the interstate, speeding towards Yellowstone or Glacier National Park. That is unfortunate because Theodore Roosevelt National Park is a special place that deserves attention, time and exploration.

Park facts:

Total acreage: 70,448
Drive-in campgrounds: 3
Trails: 100+ miles
Visitation in 2006: 435,359
29,000 wilderness acres
"the beginning of the west"
Large array of native wildlife
Highest Point: 2,865 feet (Peck Hill)
South Unit: 46, 159 acres
North Unit: 24,070 acres
186 species of birds including golden eagles


By Mail
Box 7
Medora, ND 58645-0007

By Phone
South Unit Information
701 623-4466
North Unit Information
701 842-2333

South Unit Visitor Center:
South Visitor center open all year long, from 8 AM to 4:30 PM
Painted Canyon Visitor Center:
April 1 to November 11, from 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM
North Unit Visitor Center:
Mid-April to mid-October, from 9 AM to 5:30 PM



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