• Theodore Roosevelt National Park

    Theodore Roosevelt

    National Park North Dakota

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  • Road Closures

    The Scenic Drives in the North and South Units may be closed due to winter weather conditions. For current road status, click on the link below: More »

  • North Unit Road Closure

    The North Unit Scenic Drive will be closed at the Caprock Coulee parking area while repairs are in progress. Repairs may be delayed because of weather conditions, but are expected to be completed by May 15.

Long X Trail

The Long X Trail was one of the routes that cattlemen used to move cattle from southern parts of the country to the prairies of modern-day eastern Montana and western North Dakota. The trail was a convenient route across the difficult terrain of the northern Little Missouri Badlands, and it passed through what became the North Unit of Theodore Roosevelt National Park.

In the 1880s, during the time Theodore Roosevelt was involved with cattle ranching operations in the Dakota Territory, cowboys were moving herds of cattle by way of the Long X Trail. Roosevelt himself is not known to have used the Long X Trail to move his cattle.

 
Longhorn steer

Longhorn steer

Nathan King

The park keeps a small herd of longhorn steers as a living history exhibit in the North Unit. Click here to learn more about the park's longhorn steers.

Did You Know?

Theodore Roosevelt national Park contains one of hte few islands of designated wilderness in the Northern Great Plains.

Theodore Roosevelt National Park contains 29,920 acres of wilderness, one of the few islands of designated wilderness in the Northern Great Plains. More...