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Theodore Roosevelt National Park Medora

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Theodore Roosevelt National Park
Theodore Roosevelt National Park (Medora Visitor Center)
Medora
ND
58645
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Theodore Roosevelt National Park is located in the badlands of western North Dakota. The park is split into 3 separate units: South Unit, Elkhorn Ranch, and North Unit.

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Become a Junior Ranger and member of the Theodore Roosevelt National Park Badlands Club. If you are between the ages of 2and 16, and come to the park, ask for a Junior Ranger Journal. Complete the activities and answer the questions while exploring the park and earn a Junior Ragner Badge and Badlands Club Sticker. It is a fun way to learn about Theodore Roosevelt National Park and the badlands of North Dakota.
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    Beautiful park, loved the black ash trees and nice campsites. We got some wonderful shots of the wildlife, buffalo and big-horn sheep rutting. Lovely hikes, very historic locations.

    The only negative comment is all the local fracking. So much heavy equipment on roads leading to the park. The fracking sites view-able from the park are disappointing.

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    My favorite national park in the USA. The reason? It lacks the federal Gestapo that patrol and penalize recreating citizens at every opportunity for virtually nothing. This place really is close to the way nature left it. It's also beautiful, stunning, full of life, unique, and generally temperate

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    Bugs are minimal despite what people say.. but more than the South Dakota Badlands but far less than Minnesota, Wisconson and most of the east. Campgrounds are great... you are not on top of each other like most places. Almost everyone stays at the south campground nearer I94 only one night on the way to 'somewhere else', but this park is a gem in and of itself. Plan on staying 3 nights. Not very crowded anywhere you go (we visited in mid July). Be sure to drive the southern driving loop as you and maybe 3 cars will likely run into Buffalo....Read More

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    A very pretty National Park. Nice campground. My kids enjoyed the events that the
    Park Ranger had going at night. Cool things to do outside the entrance to the park also. Family and I plan on returning next summer.

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    Was a great time, beautiful scenery, wild animals, enjoyed discovering the badlands area! People in town very friendly, enjoyed the food and did some souvenir shopping and was not disappointed, some great buys!!

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by Eric Roubal

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Bugs are minimal despite what people say.. but more than the South Dakota Badlands but far less than Minnesota, Wisconson and most of the east. Campgrounds are great... you are not on top of each other like most places. Almost everyone stays at the south campground nearer I94 only one night on the way to 'somewhere else', but this park is a gem in and of itself. Plan on staying 3 nights. Not very crowded anywhere you go (we visited in mid July). Be sure to drive the southern driving loop as you and maybe 3 cars will likely run into Buffalo. Buffalo viewing chances are greater than the South Dakota black hills loop. Chances of seeing wild horses on that loop are nearer to 100% as they are everywhere. We and again 3 other vehicles witnessed a foal being born and the herd (or pack or harras.. whatever you call it) standing at guard with high excitement. Hicking is awesome btw.. anywhere you go but wear long pants as the trails often are narrow with grasses growing to waist height.

What is disappointing though is the amount of oil drilling support structures you see when just outside of the park. For example, if you drive to see the petrified forest you leave the part for 5 miles or so and get back in. You will see hydrogen sulfide collectors and fracking pumps everywhere. Oil rigs are also very brightly illuminated so the dark sky viewing needs to factor in the point light sources these massive structures emit.

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