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.
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.