Theodore Roosevelt National Park, Medora

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Named in honor of the U.S president who greatly admired the land, Theodore Roosevelt National Park presents the prairie in a pristine state. Covering 28,496 hectares (70,416 acres), the park is geographically divided into three different areas: the North Unit, the South Unit, and the Elkhorn Ranch Unit. Navigate the terrain by car, foot, or horseback, and consider spending the night in one of several campgrounds. View Great Plains wildlife such as bison, bighorn sheep, elk, prairie dogs, and wild horses. Don't get too close to the animals and bring binoculars to spot wildlife in the distance. Head to one of the park's most remote areas to see the cabin Roosevelt built. The weather can can quickly here, so check the forecast before you visit. Use our Medora trip planning tool to visit Theodore Roosevelt National Park on your trip to Medora, and learn what else travelers and our writers recommend seeing nearby.
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  • I highly recommend this park for anyone looking for a wildly diverse and photogenic park. There were beautiful views, a whole lot of wildlife, and some good hiking opportunities as well. We did a lot....  more »
  • Oct. Visited in the off season so the town was 90 percent closed for the winter. The visitors center was open and helpful. We drove around and did some short hikes. We visited the south region for.....  more »
  • We stayed here for a few days, Sunday - Tuesday in August. I was wildly surprised that the campground was full to capacity every night. In fact one night we didn't even get to stay in the park. If they run out of spots before you get one, there's a nice campground just outside the park. If there were more campsites this would be a five star review. The park is fantastically beautiful and your surrounded by wildlife. You are always on the lookout. Bison, horses, prairie dogs, and coyotes we saw almost every day. When we went out one night we also enjoyed a badger and several porcupines! The views are spectacular and worth the hike. Every short roadside hike is manageable by moderately healthy hikers. I'm plus size and had no problem when I took the holes at my own pace, even the climb up to Buck Hill. If you're nearby, don't miss out on a great, family friendly adventure. It's so worth your time.
  • I have been an admirer of Teddy Roosevelt since I was a kid in the Boy Scouts. I always wanted to see Theodore Roosevelt National Park and finally got to go. My son is as big a history buff as me, maybe a little bit more so. Just one of many things that makes me extraordinarily proud of him. The park is as beautiful as I always thought it would be. I am more in love with the park and can't wait to return. It's about an 18-19 hour drive and is absolutely worth it! There is nothing bad or negative that I can say about this park. I highly recommend this park to everyone. That said there is something I feel that will appeal to everyone. Also visiting the town of Medora was very nice too. If you have time visit the Cowboy Museum, it is worth it. The only way this trip could have been better is if we could have done it on horseback like Teddy Roosevelt and we're able to camp on the prairie amidst the wild horses and bison!

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