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Theodore Roosevelt National Park

Travel back in time to the badlands, a world of bison, never-ending prairies and lively pioneer towns. 

Visit Theodore Roosevelt National Park and hike through lush forests and sparse scrubland to find fabulous viewpoints and colossal canyons. Watch graceful golden eagles soaring high above and admire bison roaming across endless plains. 

Immerse yourself in badlands culture in the park’s southern unit. Painted Canyon Visitor Center offers excellent viewing of the landscape. Stroll along Medora’s streets of old ranches and rickety wooden hotels. Follow the open road of the 36-mile (57-kilometer) scenic drive. Experience the park as Roosevelt once did as you travel through a range of fascinating landscapes. Trail the winding Little Missouri River and watch prairie dogs playing in the sun. 

Leave your car to explore the park’s scenic paths. The Skyline Vista is a gentle 10-minute amble toward the superb lookout point of Johnson’s Plateau. Climb the steeper route up Buck Hill to reach the highest accessible point in the park.

To enter the wilderness, drive along the Petrified Forest Loop in the northwest corner of the south unit. Here you’ll find lush woodland with open fields of elk, deer, bison and wild horses. 

Drive north through the Little Missouri Grasslands where you may see pronghorns, very fast animals resembling antelope. Travel to the less populated northern unit. At Oxbow Lookout, gaze over a colossal river canyon. Discover an variety of animals and plants along the 11-mile (18-kilometer) Buckhorn Trail. 

Theodore Roosevelt National Park is in western North Dakota. The south unit entrance leads to Medora, 133 miles (214 kilometers) west of Bismarck. The north unit entrance is 14 miles (22 kilometers) south of Watford City. The park is open year-round and has an admission fee. 

Theodore Roosevelt National Memorial Park was established in 1947 to honor president Roosevelt, who was an avid adventurer and explorer. He once said, “The beauty and charm of the wilderness are his for the asking, for the edges of the wilderness lie close beside the beaten roads of the present travel.” Roosevelt and other leaders set aside vast wilderness areas to create the U.S. national parks to ensure this beauty would be available for future travelers, a foresight which you can appreciate when you visit. Theodore Roosevelt National Memorial Park was given National Park status in 1978.


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AmericInn by Wyndham Medora $165
AmericInn by Wyndham Medora

AmericInn by Wyndham Medora

75 E River Rd S, Medora, ND
     
    2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

    Situated in the historical district, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Billings County Court House Museum and Theodore Roosevelt National Park. Harold Schafer Heritage Center and Old Town Hall Theater are also within 10 minutes.

    AmericInn by Wyndham Dickinson $59
    AmericInn by Wyndham Dickinson

    AmericInn by Wyndham Dickinson

    229 15th Street West, Dickinson, ND
       
      2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

      Located in the heart of Dickinson, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Dickinson Museum Center, Dakota Dinosaur Museum, and Pioneer Machinery Building. Prairie Outpost Park and Theodore Roosevelt Center at Dickinson State University are also within 2 mi (3 km).

      Hampton Inn And Suites Dickinson, ND $93
      Hampton Inn And Suites Dickinson, ND

      Hampton Inn And Suites Dickinson, ND

      110 14th Street West, Dickinson, ND
         
        2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

        Situated in Dickinson, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Dickinson Museum Center, Dakota Dinosaur Museum, and Pioneer Machinery Building. Prairie Outpost Park and Theodore Roosevelt Center at Dickinson State University are also within 2 mi (3 km).

        Hawthorn Suites by Wyndham Dickinson $98
        Hawthorn Suites by Wyndham Dickinson

        Hawthorn Suites by Wyndham Dickinson

        1170 Roughrider Boulevard, Dickinson, ND
           
          3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Situated in a national park, this hotel is 1.2 mi (2 km) from West River Community Center and within 3 mi (5 km) of Ukrainian Cultural Institute and Dickinson State University Art Gallery. Dickinson State University and Theodore Roosevelt Center at Dickinson State University are also within 3 mi (5 km).

          Astoria Hotel and Event Center $69
          Astoria Hotel and Event Center

          Astoria Hotel and Event Center

          363 15th St W, Dickinson, ND
             
            2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

            Located in the heart of Dickinson, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Dickinson Museum Center, Dakota Dinosaur Museum, and Pioneer Machinery Building. Prairie Outpost Park and Theodore Roosevelt Center at Dickinson State University are also within 2 mi (3 km).

            Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Dickinson $113
            Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Dickinson

            Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Dickinson

            103 14th St W, Dickinson, ND
               
              3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Located in the heart of Dickinson, this hotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Dickinson Museum Center, Dakota Dinosaur Museum, and Pioneer Machinery Building. Prairie Outpost Park and West River Community Center are also within 2 mi (3 km).

              Roosevelt Grand Dakota Hotel, BW Signature Collection $61
              Roosevelt Grand Dakota Hotel, BW Signature Collection

              Roosevelt Grand Dakota Hotel, BW Signature Collection

              532 15th St W, Dickinson, ND
                 
                3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Situated in Dickinson, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Dakota Dinosaur Museum, Pioneer Machinery Building, and Prairie Outpost Park. West River Community Center and Theodore Roosevelt Center at Dickinson State University are also within 2 mi (3 km).

                La Quinta Inn & Suites by Wyndham Dickinson $76
                La Quinta Inn & Suites by Wyndham Dickinson

                La Quinta Inn & Suites by Wyndham Dickinson

                552 12th St W, Dickinson, ND
                   
                  2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Located in the heart of Dickinson, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Dickinson Museum Center, Dakota Dinosaur Museum, and Pioneer Machinery Building. Prairie Outpost Park and Theodore Roosevelt Center at Dickinson State University are also within 2 mi (3 km).