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Begin your visit to the Teddy Roosevelt National Park with a spectacular view of the Badlands, a flat desert landscape broken by petrified wood and rock formations.
Theodore Roosevelt National Park, ND
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All reviews rest stop painted canyon rest area beautiful view visitor center stretch your legs worth a stop gift shop great stop national park quick stop bison north dakota off the highway enjoy the view hiking trail nice place to stop
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Reviewed October 10, 2018

The Painted Canyon Overlook is located at a rest stop off I-94. There is a small National Park visitor center located at the overlook and fabulous views out over the canyon. There is no charge for this glimpse of the park, but you'll want to...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed September 19, 2018 via mobile

Worth a stop for sure. Very pretty views. Walk around on the sidewalk and get different viewpoints. There is plenty of free parking and a visitor center with restrooms.

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed September 3, 2018 via mobile

Painted Canyon Overlook is just off I-94, about 5 miles east of the South Unit visitor center. If you’re visiting TR National Park, this is a must see. There’s incredible views and great hiking trails. Nothing too strenuous but make sure to bring lots of...More

Date of experience: September 2018
1  Thank JNFII
Reviewed August 28, 2018

This is a combination rest stop for I-94 and viewpoint in a national park. A perfect spot to take a break from the long drive . There are clean restrooms and the national park has a visitors center and gift shop that are open during...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Skwiki
Reviewed August 10, 2018 via mobile

This is a scenic overlook right off of I-94 near Medora, North Dakota. There is plenty of parking for cars, trucks, and RVs. There are restrooms and several picnic tables. The highlight of a stop is the view of the Painted Canyon area of Theodore...More

Date of experience: August 2018
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Reviewed August 5, 2018

This was a quick stop with beautiful vistas. It was a good introduction to what we would see in the main part of Theodore Roosevelt National park

Date of experience: August 2018
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Reviewed July 25, 2018

The visitor center here is informative and the views are spectacular. As a bonus, you can even stop here right off the highway if you just need to use the restroom and stretch your legs (there is a trail here if you have time). I...More

Date of experience: July 2018
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Reviewed July 25, 2018 via mobile

Definitely stop here on your way to the south unit of Theodore Roosevelt Park. The workers are very helpful and give good advice on planning your activities. You can also take a short walk along the rim on a sidewalk or a more adventurous one...More

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank R6429ZHhelenh
Reviewed July 25, 2018

If you are in a hurry and want to see the park, this is the easiest place to visit. Located along the interstate, this is actually a rest stop and NPS visitor's center. You drive up the off-ramp and arrive directly at the site. One...More

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank wewhynot
Reviewed July 24, 2018

we drive to pass through the painted canyon, but I think it's not really very beautiful, compared to others, I think the one in the SD (should be the badlands national park), the layers (red and white color) are more prominent, shape and beautiful, and...More

Date of experience: July 2018
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