Theodore Roosevelt National Park

Theodore Roosevelt National Park

Theodore Roosevelt National Park
4.5
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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  • SunDog78
    Bismarck, North Dakota84 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful park
    Beautiful park with lots of trails and animals. We saw hundreds of buffalo and many many horses. I am saddened to learn that the powers that be want to remove these horses. All the tourists I spoke to want them to keep the horses. They are beautiful animals and are in very good shape. They need our support so write letters to support these beautiful wild horses.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 26, 2023
  • Gran7
    1,512 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Big Park! Beautiful Tooigraphy
    We were so excited to finally visit TRNP. What spectacular scenery and views. The south entrance is in the historic Medora. We visited the visitor center first to learn a little about the park. We saw wild horses throughout the park. You can smell the simmering coals as you drive. We spent the afternoon exploring this park’s beauty
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 27, 2023
  • SLUdog99
    Chesterfield, Virginia68 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great National Park Experence!
    Did not know what to expect. Found this while searching for things to do while I "checked off" North Dakota. What a treat. We stopped for an hour or so in the South Unit Visitor's Center, experienced an fantastic Teddy Roosevelt reenactor who was very knowledgeable and friendly. Not able to do much more than this as we were on a time-crunch, but the park itself looked amazing and is a clear reason to come back to North Dakota one day.
    Visited July 2023
    Written July 30, 2023
  • esprouls47
    Wadesville, Indiana248 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Another wonderful national park
    We visited both the north and south units. Both are excellent, but we felt the north unit was more varied and beautiful. Both have abundant wildlife. A long portion of the south unit road was closed for repairs which limited the experience. Still worth the effort to visit these out of the way parks.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written August 7, 2023
  • Jon H
    Fort Myers, Florida683 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Awesome Area & National Park
    This is a great National Park. It is simply beautiful, and part of the beauty is that it is not crowded. There are two main sections to the park, the south and north units. Both are easily accessed and enjoyed via scenic drive loops. The south unit has a little more to see and do, but the north unit is more scenic with even fewer people. The town of Medora is adorable.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written August 26, 2023
  • gypsymamma
    754 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing night skies and variety of wildlife
    We visited the South Unit early in the morning. If you can be there at night, do it, because the stars are simply breathtaking. As the sun rises you'll see the beauty of the park and the wildlife all around you. We were surprised at the amount of wildlife as we weren't expecting to see any- in just our short visit we saw prairie dogs, wild horses, bison, and turkeys. Unfortunately the loop road in the South Unit is under construction, so we weren't able to complete it, but it was still definitely worth it. We hope to go back someday when we have more time.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written August 31, 2023
  • HawaiiKaiGail
    Las Vegas, Nevada945 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Well Worth Your Time and Effort to Get There
    I have wanted to visit this NP for many years. We made it in September 2023. The main entrance to the South Unit is a 5 minute drive from the town of Medora. Nice size visitor center with nice exhibits and helpful rangers. TR cabin is directly out back so don’t miss it. The loop drive is not a true loop. Part is closed so you backtrack. Beautiful vistas abound. Nothing but land for miles and miles. Plenty of pull offs and trails to do. We saw wild mustang with a colt, bison, prairie dogs, bison, a coyote, bison, deer and bison! The Park is very clean. You can also visit the Painted Canyon visitor center which is a mere 10 minutes or so off the main highway. This Park is a gem. Out of the way but worth your time and effort to get there. 5 STARS ⭐️ ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written September 14, 2023
  • jrandnancy74
    Sulphur Springs, Texas266 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Peaceful Beauty
    We loved this beautiful park. I found the scenery, hills, and valleys to be so peaceful. That’s the best way I can describe it because as I stood looking out, my heart literally felt at peace with God’s beauty. We went to the park at 8am and we’re amazed at the amount of wildlife we saw!!! Herds of buffalo and wild horses and three flocks of wild turkeys and approximately a million prairie dogs!!!!
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written September 17, 2023
  • susanrL1721ZD
    Keene, New Hampshire87 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    One park; two amazing experiences!
    We began our tour in the South Park on a rainy day. Stopping at the visitor center we watched the 17 minute film about the park which was very well done and I would highly recommend. Then we saw Teddy's cabin behind the center before beginning our tour of the park. The scenery was awesome and we saw some bison and some wild horses during our drive. The following day we headed to the North Park and drove the scenic road there. Although shorter, the views were spectacular! Definitely more rugged and perhaps less traveled but we both really enjoyed the scenery in this section of the park much more. Would highly recommend a visit to either, or both, sections of this park taking the time to enjoy all the pullouts and perhaps some of the trails.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written September 23, 2023
  • Kay K
    Chicago, Illinois171 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Stunning park with great trails!
    We went to both the North and South Units. North Unit is on central time. South on mountain time which is a little confusing. However both are beautiful with many great hikes of varying lengths. Do a little research as some trails can be muddy and involve crossing creeks. Beautiful area and so glad we were able to visit. Be aware of your environment. You never know when a Buffalo may be lying on a trail!
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written October 3, 2023
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theoljohnnyboy
New Florence, PA1,506 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2021
This review needs to be split into two parts:
1. South unit of TRNP: 5/5. Well kept, amazing overlooks, easy trails, great little town nearby. Currently a portion of the loop road is closed. Entry is around $30 per vehicle. We saw a couple dozen horses, 100-200 bison, a few pronghorns, prarie dogs and deer over our 2 days at the park. The south unit also offers a number of tremendous sunset overlooks. There are multiple visitor centers.
2. North unit of TRNP: 3/5: It is about 60 miles north of the south unit and feels a bit forgotten. The roads are in need of repair- this is the primary reason. New restrooms along the scenic drive will be opening soon. It seemed to be much drier (less vibrant) here than at the Southern unit. We did see quite a few Bison in the few hours that we were there. The cannonball concretions are a unique sight to see.
Both end of the park are quiet parks- however the northern unit is very very quiet with seemingly very few visitors. In 2 days we drove the south units scenic drive 2x, stopped at all pull offs, did 4 short trails, and did the Northern Units scenic drive and pull offs. Take your time to enjoy this park, go to the northern end if you wish but keep expectations for that area in check.
Written June 2, 2021
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Grussingtravels
Detroit Lakes, MN249 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2020 • Family
The visitors center is open and you can get your cancellations!!!! Wooooooo! They provide social distancing in the center by only allowing so many people in at a time. So you may have to wait outside before entering. Our daughter did the junior ranger book and got her badge upon returning to the visitors center. None of the exhibits are open but you can still do hiking and sight seeing. We saw antelope, bison, wild horses and many different types of wild flowers and climbed on lots of rocks. This is a great park for kids they have lots of short hikes and the prairie dog towns are fun for kids to see.
Written July 5, 2020
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okeedoke
washington state1,816 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2021
Well, well! We have found another hidden gem of the National Park system. We found TR National Park to include critters and fowl by the score, scenics to beat the band...the works! I'm sure it helped that we visited in April, and so had many trails and pullouts all to ourselves. We were the only visitors to the phenomenal petrified forest and other trail sights. The southern unit seems to have the critters and the northern unit the speculator views. We preferred the beauty of the northern unit...and we strongly recommend you travel the 60 miles north of Medora to visit that jewel. Thank you, National Park Service...you've got a gem on your hands!
Written May 30, 2021
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Donna P
Morris, AL86 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2020
We had no expectations about this park except for what we read by other reviewers. We started with the North Unit which is doable in a day or less if necessary. The drive there is bucolic so we enjoyed that, and then portions of colorful fall canyons began to open up a few miles before we got to the park entrance itself. (There are several scenic overlooks along the way that are worthy of a stop.) Upon entering the park, the ranger told us to beware of the buffalo and prairie rattlers. Little did we know we would have exciting encounters with both! At our first stop along the 14 mile in and out road, a group of Native Americans were on a promontory chanting and playing drums during their prayer service. Later we saw several lone buffalo walk near the road. We took one of the short hiking trails, and heard a prairie rattler and then saw it even though it was well camouflaged as it moved through the grass. We saw and talked to several park rangers who were very friendly and knowledgeable. We found a wonderful picnic area and enjoyed a late lunch in the scenic beauty of cottonwood trees. On our way out of the park, the traffic slowed to see a herd of buffalo walking close to the road. Then the herd of 30-40 walked right beside our car and crossed to the other side of the road right in front of our car. They all took off running once they reached the other side of the road so it was exciting to see them so close! Since we were there in mid September, the trees were in their fall beauty. We never knew there could be so many shades of yellow!

We drove the same day to the South Unit, stopping by the Painted Canyon Overlook. It’s very important to see this place when the sun is either rising or setting on the rock faces. Otherwise, as it was with us, the rocks just looked gray because of the overcast sky. There is no admission to go here like there is within the parks. A few miles ahead in Medora is the South Unit of the park. We saw Theodore Roosevelt’s Maltese Cross Cabin where you can take a tour inside if you’ve registered in enough time, and several prairie dog towns. We didn’t go far into the park because portions of the road had been blocked off so we turned around and were treated to the sight of four wild horses trotting across a ridge. A large white stallion stopped and looked out over the valley for maybe ten seconds. If he had lifted his front leg and pointed it, I would have sworn the spirit of Crazy Horse had entered him!
Written October 12, 2020
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S685HRjanes
Fargo, ND16 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2019
Driving through the park will let you see quite a bit, but it is well worth it to step out of the car and do some walking. You'll see things you can't from the confines of the car. But, PLEASE remember to watch your surroundings. Buffalo may look big and clumsy, but they are fast. We stopped and were taking pictures of a herd when something startled them. We were able to get back to the safety of the car just as the herd ran past. Nothing gets your heart racing more than the thunder of that many hooves splitting around the car.
Written March 6, 2020
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FancyFree55
Florida7,541 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020
We arrived in Medora in mid-August, on a mission to see the Painted Canyons National Park. We first visited the scenic overlook a few miles east because it doesn't take long to accomplish, and we wanted to spend quite a bit of time on the scenic loop here.

The admission line was pretty long at the visitor center, from the counter back to the entrance door. Fees are $30 per private vehicle, and one pass is valid for seven days. Motorcycles are $25. Hubby and I both have lifetime national park passes, so we didn't pay to enter.

We drove most of the scenic loop, except for one section which was closed. We were fascinated to locate a lone buffalo resting high on a hillside. He'd shed half his coat in the heat. Prairie dogs scurried everywhere we looked. Learning about the various types of park wildlife was interesting.

We decided not to hike because it was so hot, and there isn't much shade in the canyons. But the drive was beautiful.
Written November 7, 2020
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Harry E
Bismarck, ND, United States99 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
We live in Bismarck and travel to TRNP often. If you enjoy photography, this is a must stop. The wildlife in park is a plus. We have been fortunate to capture beautiful pictures of the wild horses. During this time of year the snow on the Badland buttes is beautiful. I prefer the park in the summer as the wild flowers and hiking is more my style than freezing :)
Written January 19, 2020
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wearmanyhats
Perham, MN79 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2020
The views are super great! Roaming bison and rugged terrain leaves you with a true feeling of what it is like to have retreated from the world now and so long ago. However, the National Park Service is obviously a victim of underfunding. Placards were so faded and weathered that they were no longer readable. The interpretive center was closed, which is a shame because there could have been so much more to this visit for the first time visitors who have little or no knowledge of Roosevelt and the park, the animals, and North Dakota. I hope the government puts in some money into getting this destination up and worthy of being the kind of tourist attraction that would bring even more people through North Dakota. Reminder: the junior ranger program is great for kids and they have an extensive store there to promote that program. Disabled vets can get a lifetime pass for all national parks if you can prove your disability. Watch out for rattlesnakes, and do NOT approach the buffalo. They are WILD and you will see them.
Written July 18, 2020
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ems_jls
Marlboro, NJ127 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2021
Photographs don't really capture the feel of this park but once you are there it makes a real impression. The badlands are stunning in the sudden appearance next to all the prairie farm and ranch lands. The bison, wild horses, and prairie dog towns are readily spotted and very rewarding. Allow more time on the South Loop Drive than you might think, since a) there are lots of turnoffs and short side trail hikes to take and b) the road is blocked near the end and you have to go back the way you came rather than doing a full loop.

I also went back by myself at night for a view of the stars in the darkness. Very rewarding also but takes a little nerve once the car lights are out and the coyotes are doing their howls!

(Can't speak to the North Unit, only went to South Unit and the Painted Canyon overlook.)
Written September 18, 2021
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escape2az
Sun Prairie, WI300 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020 • Family
As there are few items to choose to do in ND this was on our list as we headed west. A bit smaller than some parks there are hikes for all abilities, plenty of spots to pull over and enjoy the meadow valley or mountain views. The bison were in rut making them quite vocal and mobile. Their sound is like a snort but comparable to an alligator’s vibrations that create a loud noise that travels a good distance. Too many people get too close to the bison even though there is plenty of Oporto see them from their car. Lots of prairie dogs, pronghorn and even a few wild horses. The loop road is washed out but there is plenty of room to turn around and backtrack to the entrance of the park. This park was enjoyed by our young teens to our surprise.
Written August 15, 2020
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