Theodore Roosevelt National Park

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Theodore Roosevelt National Park is a one-of-a-kind park with a unique history. In addition to being a memorial park commemorating former president and ardent conservationist Theodore Roosevelt, the land was also recognized for its distinct culture and varied natural resources. Today, the 70,448-acre park is home to a variety of plants and animals, and continues to memorialize the 26th president for his enduring contributions to the protection of our nation's resources.

Theodore Roosevelt National Park is located in the Badlands of western North Dakota, and is comprised of three areas: the South Unit, the North Unit and the Elkhorn Ranch Unit. The South Unit entrance is next to the town of Medora, the North Unit is approximately 14 miles south of Watford City, and the Elkhorn Ranch Unit is located 35 miles north of Medora.

In the 19th century, cattle ranching became one of the chief uses of much of the Badlands, and many came west to seek their fortunes. While cattle brought Theodore Roosevelt to the area, it was the beauty of the landscape the made a deep impression on the young man. Theodore Roosevelt National Park celebrates the role that the dramatic hills played in shaping one of America's greatest conservationists. While no longer used for grazing today, the park preserves the ranching history of the region.

Visiting Tips
The park is open 24 hours a day, year-round.

South Unit Visitor Center Hours (note that the South Unit operates on Mountain Standard Time):
  • June - September: 8:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. MST
  • October - May: 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. MST
  • Closed on Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day and New Year's Day.
North Unit Visitor Center Hours (note that the North Unit operates on Central Time):
  • Tuesday-Friday: 10:00am - 3:00pm
  • Saturday-Monday: 8:30am - 4:30pm

Fees and Passes
  • Private Vehicle ($20/7-days)
  • Motorcycle ($15/7-days)
  • Per Person ($10/7-days)
  • Annual Pass ($40)

To find more about park fees, click here.
Camping and Lodging
Lodging
While no lodging is available within the park, adjacent communities offer a variety of accommodations near the park. More information about lodging near the park can be found here.

Camping
South Unit:
  • Cottonwood Campground is open year round and offers 76 sites.
  • Roundup Group Horse Campground is open from May 1 through October 31, and is primarily used for groups of up to 20 people accompanied by horses, or up to 30 people without horses. Reservations are required.

North Unit:
  • Juniper Campground is located four miles from the North Unit park entrance. Campsites are available year-round on a first come, first serve basis; only the group campsite is reservable.

Backcountry:
  • While there are not established backcountry campsites, anyone planning to camp overnight in the backcountry can obtain a free backcountry permit from the visitor center. More information on backcountry camping can be found here.
Food and Drink
While the park does not operate any restaurants within the park, many dining options exist in Medora, Watford City, and in the surrounding communities. Visit the National Park Service website for more informaiton.
Other Activities
If you are looking for hiking, biking, canoeing, kayaking, fishing, or any other activities, Theodore Roosevelt offers a long list of options for numerous ways to explore the park.

Theodore Roosevelt contains several sites of historical significance, each associated with the era of cattle ranching in the late 1800s. Most significant is Theodore Roosevelt's Elkhorn Ranch Site, the main ranch site where he spent the bulk of his time and where many of his conservation ideas grew. Other sites include Roosevelt's first ranch home, the Maltese Cross Cabin, the Long X Trail which was used as a corridor to move cattle into the Northern Great Plains in the 1800s, and Peaceful Valley Ranch which was built in the 1880s and served as a dude ranch from 1918 to the 1930s.
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