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.
Theodore Roosevelt National Park reviews
If you are looking for buffalo and viral horses the southern section is your place. When we went is Sept crowds were light and weather was great. more »
We arrived in Medora in mid-August, on a mission to see the Painted Canyons National Park. We first visited the scenic overlook a few miles east because it doesn't take long to accomplish, and we... more »
Due to the C19 pandemic no one was at the entrance shack to pay our way in but the gates were open. My wife kept bugging about wanting to see wild buffalo before leaving the state, unfortunately we... 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!
We LOVED this park. We had somehow never heard of it before this past year and weren't sure what to expect, but our Springtime visit was wonderful. We even saw lots of bison and wild horses, each with their young. It was also our first time seeing wild horses! It was very exciting. Enjoy and leave no trace; I really want to share this amazing park with my children someday. ☺️
I've visited here a couple times and always love it. It's a great break from the drive and always a sort of surprise in the middle of the plains. An added bonus is that it's easy to get on and off the highway here if you have to keep moving.
Great place to unwind, take in the beauty and take a hike or two. Driving through the park was slow but only so you can take in the sights. Be on the look out for bison, wild horses, prairie dogs, deer and different birds. Make sure to stop at the visitor center and talk to the ranger, they are the best source for information.
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