North Dakota Badlands – Theodore Roosevelt National Park

The North Dakota Badlands -Theodore Roosevelt National Park is one of the most beautiful places on earth. Although the first 10 miles of road leading to the 36 mile scenic loop in the South unit are some of the worst (from the entrance in Medora ND). We spent several hours driving through the North Dakota Badlands – Theodore Roosevelt National Park (south unit) today.

At first glance the rugged landscape appears inhospitable and barren, it is actually home to a great variety of creatures and plants. We enjoyed close up views of buffalo as they grazed at the road side, walked anywhere they wanted in the park. Prairie dog towns populated with cute little black tailed prairie dogs are in several locations throughout the park. We also spotted some vibrant colored and strikingly marked birds. Wild horses roamed the grasslands. We missed out on spotting any wild cats or bears.

Theodore Roosevelt National Park - North Dakota Badlands North Dakota Badlands Overlook - Theodore Roosevelt National Park

Warning unstable area - Theodore Roosevelt National Park - Badlands of North Dakota Buffalo on the side of the road at Theodore Roosevelt National Park - Badlands of North Dakota

After leaving Theodore Roosevelt National Park we stopped for the night at Red Trail Campground in the old west town of Medora ND. It was nice to have some amenities after boondocking at Buffalo Gap Campground.

Wish we had more time to spend exploring the North Dakota Badlands. This is now one of our favorite National Parks and we look forward to returning.

Where RV Now – The North Dakota Badlands – Theodore Roosevelt National Park

Comments

  1. Tracy Hanks says:

    We visited Theodore Roosevelt National Park on our motorcycles several years ago. I thought it was beautiful, especially the south unit. I enjoyed it more than Badlands National Park in South Dakota. 🙂

    • Agreed, we visited the South Dakota Badlands a few times, but this was our first to North Dakota. Wish we had more time to spend here on this visit. We will return!

  2. Cheryl Vaught says:

    Sounds amazing!!!

  3. Gail Alexander says:

    We’re headed there this coming week. Thanks for the post.

  4. Diane Miller says:

    We stopped for a night in the rest area there, and a herd of buffalo walked right up into the rest area. It was very cool! Sadly it was too dark, and I am too inept, to get any good pictures

  5. This is great vacation destination!

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