Theodore Roosevelt National Park, North Dakota

A Fascinating Wildlife Experience

Theodore Roosevelt National Park
Photo Courtesy NPS

Theodore Roosevelt National Park is one of the best places in the lower U.S. for seeing wildlife, especially wild herds of buffalo.

Theodore Roosevelt National Park
315 2nd Ave
Medora, ND 58645
701 623-4466

The park is open 24 hours a day, year-round. Portions of the South Unit Scenic Loop Drive and North Unit Scenic Road may be closed in winter due to snow and ice.

At the Park you will learn about President Teddy Roosevelt, a noted conservationist, and participate in soft adventure activities like hiking, horseback riding, camping, as well as exploring the wilderness, and seeing wild herds of bison, elk, pronghorn, mule deer, white-tailed deer, bighorn sheep and prairie dogs.

The park also has one of the largest petrified forests in the United States and many plant and freshwater snail species, vertebrate fossils that include crocodile-like creatures named champsosaurs, crocodiles and alligators, turtles and fish.

The park is made up of two units, the South Unit with a scenic drive 36 miles long, and the old west town of Medora; and the North Unit, with a scenic drive 15 miles long that includes the popular and awesome panoramic view of the River Bend Overlook

The two units of the park also have a plentiful variety of foot and horse trails for back country hiking and camping, and 3 vehicle campgrounds.

Buffalo herds can usually be seen grazing along the scenic drives.

With over 100 miles of trails, the park is an excellent place for hikers of all physical ability from short hikes of less than one mile to several miles long.


Cottonwood Campground
701-623-4730 ext. 3417
Sites: 76, pull-through, back-in, and walk-in sites
Open all year. Limited services from October 1 to mid-May. Fees collected year-round.

Juniper Campground

701 842-2333
Sites: 50, pull-through and back-in sites
Open all year. Limited services from October 1 to mid-May.

Where To Stay - Lodging

Rough Riders Hotel
Medora, ND
This 76 room historic hotel with an old west vibe is in the center of a small town is newly renovated and a notch above hotels typically found in other small towns.

Badlands Motel
Medora, ND
This 114 room one story motel offers one of the best values in Medora.