We visited this park late in the afternoon on our way from Billings to Dickinson. The staff in the visitor's center graciously offered to run the film for us before they closed, and suggested that if we didn't have time to drive around the whole loop we should at least take the western part of the drive. We were not disappointed. The Badlands here are not as stark or vibrant as the South Dakota Badlands, but there is much more vegetation which provides a home for a wider variety of wild life. In just the short time we spent in the park we saw a huge herd of bison in a green meadow next to the Little Missouri River, deer, and several prairie dog towns. We passed an inviting wooded camp and picnic site along the river. Having been in the height of summer traffic in Yellowstone the day before, we were delighted with this peaceful, quiet place.
The movie was very informative, both as to Theodore Roosevelt's involvement in this area and the geology of the landscape. Many people we have talked to since being there had never heard of Theodore Roosevelt National Park; what a shame. When reviewing our trip (there were eight of us - grandma, 2 daughters, 5 grandchildren) one of my daughters said this was her favorite of all the sites we visited. If you are going to be in western North Dakota, make this a must-see stop!
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