It is less visited because it is pretty much the only major attraction for tourists in the state of North Dakota.

Follow the signs.

We picnicked at the end of the drive with a great view. The northern section of the park tends to be greener has the buffalo tend to hang out in this section. The drive there is bucolic so we enjoyed that, and then portions of colorful fall canyons began to open up a few.

Unless a predator is around, the prairie dogs will be out in about forging for food. I got to see a bald eagle, feral horses, coyote, nose of a badger and lots of bird life. A visit to any national parks should start with a visit to its main visitor center. North Unit: 24,070.32 acres. The highway is below some of the higher points on the trail.

I absolutely LOVE national parks so I enjoy the theme of your blog and flipping through it to take a sneak peek into all parks, before I visit. They aren’t “Smokey Bear hats”. I am never sure why other than its in North Dakota.

Wouldn’t mind visiting this place one day. The Maltose Cabin was built by Roosevelt and his ranch hands. A few miles ahead in Medora is the South Unit of the park. I think they are really adorable. It looks like you had the place all to yourself.

OMG that Bison looks HUGE. The South Unit of Theodore Roosevelt National Park is located in western North Dakota about 35 miles east of the Montana Border. Theodore Roosevelt NP is one of the less visited parks I really need to know more about. Please choose a different date.

On our way out of the park, the traffic slowed to see a herd of buffalo walking close to the road.

The other option are about 30 minutes from the south entrance. North Unit doesn’t have resident elk. It is so cool to read about all these national parks you keep visiting! Cottonwood campground is located about 5 miles into the park. It is really an amazing park. There are two hiking trails from the overlook. The loop road in the south is no longer a loop but an out and back.

The hat predates Smokey Bear by several years. A part of a band of wild horses at the South Unit of the Theodore Roosevelt National Park come down a dry dusty hill on a summer afternoon. The South Unit has bison, elk, deer and wild horses. Be sure to check out one of the logs on the left side of the entrance. This post may contain affiliate links, meaning if you book or buy something through one of these links, I may earn a small commission at no extra cost to you! If you are in love with the prairie dogs and would like to see more of them, plus visit Theodore Roosevelt National Park’s original entrance station, then hike the 0.8-mile Old East Entrance. Here is a regional Theodore Roosevelt map, showing the units in relation to I-94 and Highway 85. If it is dusk keep an eye out for coyotes and badgers.

The south unit is almost twice as large at the north unit. The song gets it totally wrong I understand. One plus is the visitor center in the south was open (but not in the north unit). And I can see that Theodore Roosevelt NP is amongst that list. Roosevelt hammered spent bullet casing into the log in the shape of a Maltose.

End your day by watching the sunset from either Boicourt or Wind Canyon. Theodore Roosevelt National Park is an American national park comprising three geographically separated areas of badlands in western North Dakota.The park was named for U.S. President Theodore Roosevelt.The park covers 70,446 acres (110.072 sq mi; 28,508 ha; 285.08 km 2) of land in three sections: the North Unit, the South Unit, and the Elkhorn Ranch Unit. She has currently been to 53 of the National Parks. The South Unit of Theodore Roosevelt National Park is the most popular portion. The park is home to bison, prairie dogs, elk, bighorn sheep, feral horse, and some other animals but these are the most common seen. This is the second visitor center in the South Unit.

We are a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate program designed to provide a means for us to earn fees by linking to and affiliated sites. More about a popular easy hike in the North Unit. I am glad we have a park to honor Roosevelt. The South Unit is much older than the North Unit. 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.

Click the image to view a full size JPG (150 kb) or download the PDF (1.1 mb). Enjoying all the free National Park information and advice. The Badlands are so dry! There are two units in Theodore Roosevelt National Park – the South Unit is near I-94 and the North Unit …

It would be an adventurous day there in the National Park.

It is about an hour and 15-minute drive from the north unit to the south unit.

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Lots to see, many trails to take for the adventurous – both easy and hard.

They offer showers and RV hook-ups depending on the season.

Theodore Roosevelt National Park is a must stop on any I-94 road trip across the United States.

Stay informed through the fall by adding your email to the subscribe box so you can get notes when new posts are added. This quaint country town offers several hotels and a couple of places to eat. Stop at the Skyline Vista Trail for a short 0.3 mile walk out to an overlook.

These cookies do not store any personal information. They all took off running once they reached the other side of the road so it was exciting to see them so close!

Teddy really does have one of the best legacies.

I am keen about the scenic loop drive. **Keep this trail or nearby overlook in mind if staying in the park to watch the sunset.

You can stop and enjoy the view and any or all of them. The southern entrance is located in the town of Medora. Prairie Dogs, Buffalo, Prairie Dogs, Wild Horses, Prairie Dogs. Autumn in the Rugged Badlands is perfect exploring.

I loved the pic of the adorable bunny! I love the prairie dogs.

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This website uses cookies to improve your experience. It is about an hour and 15-minute drive from the north unit to the south unit. We found a wonderful picnic area and enjoyed a late lunch in the scenic beauty of cottonwood trees. Some of our best photos of elk are from the north unit. You can certainly blow through both in one day but we took a leisurely pace. This short 0.3-mile loop is a little steep but provides an excellent view of the Little Missouri River.

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. At the junction, head towards Wind Canyon Trail. Read more about the South Unit’s wild horses.

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The South Unit: 46,158.57 acres. They are big and know it. they are the tops!!! by Mike Kopp | Sep 29, 2017 | Find Out Friday, North Dakota scenery, Places to go | 5 comments. There is a short steep paved trail to the top of the hill. It would be great to use this for a view of the Badlands. Sunset views from here should be mind blowing.

The north unit, south unit and Elkhorn Ranch. The landscapes look so intriguing and gorgeous too. If I lived anywhere close to the US, I would have loved to visit each and everyone of these myself however, reading your posts and looking at your pictures, this one may not have really featured at the top of my list. Also is it common to see wildlife other than buffaloes and prairie dogs?

Beautiful park – Several sights and trails along the way.

The South Unit is almost twice as large as the North Unit. Upon entering the park, the ranger told us to beware of the buffalo and prairie rattlers.

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