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.
Park Prairie Dog Acreage Down
The numbers of the acres of prairie dogs have decreased significantly this year in Theodore Roosevelt National Park.
Resource Management staff completed mapping all 23 prairie dog towns in the South Unit and the 2 prairie dog towns in the North Unit of the park in August. With a couple of exceptions, there was a decrease in acreage for all towns. Acreage in the North Unit decreased from 136.68 to 123.86 acres, or by approximately 9.4%, and acreage in the South Unit decreased from 1,743.92 to 1,420.59 acres, or approximately 18.5%.
The park maps prairie dog towns each year, mapping the outer boundaries of the towns as indicated by active burrows. This mapping effort provides the park with a very good picture of the area in the park that is occupied by the rodents.
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Did You Know?
Theodore Roosevelt had two ranch operations along the Little Missouri River - the Maltese Cross Ranch and the Elkhorn Ranch - yet did not own any land in what is now known as North Dakota. More...