There can be no greater issue than the conservation in this country.Theodore Roosevelt
About the Park
Theodore Roosevelt National Park was established in honor of Theodore Roosevelt, who hunted and ranched here as a young man. It preserves areas of rugged and beautiful badlands in southwestern North Dakota. Today, you can enjoy scenic drives and hiking trails and catch glimpses of bison, deer, and prairie dogs. The Theodore Roosevelt Presidential Library is a spectacular project under construction at the park, with expected completion in 2025.
Check out the view from the park!
Live it up!
Best Things to do in the Park
- Drive the 36-mile Scenic Loop Drive in the South Unit for trailheads and viewpoints
- The Skyline Vista Overlook has the best overall views
- Hike the Painted Canyon Trail to see herds of bison
- Take the 14-mile Scenic Drive (28 miles out and back) This was our favorite part of the park
- Just outside the park, visit Medora, ND and eat at the Pitchfork Fondue
We enjoyed our time in the park’s badlands and were excited that North Dakota completed our goal of seeing all 50 states. We even got to join the” Save the Best until Last Club” by making North Dakota the last state to visit to complete all 50 in the United States!
Size of Park
Theodore Roosevelt established 5 National Parks during his 1901-1909 presidential term.
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