Road construction in South Unit
Road construction on the South Unit Scenic Drive will begin on Monday, May 6.The construction crew will work on the East River Road from Wind Canyon to Beef Corral Bottom.Visitors will encounter single-lane traffic and delays of up to 30 minutes. More »
"Nothing could be more lonely and nothing more beautiful than the view at nightfall across the prairies to these huge hill masses, when the lengthening shadows had at last merged into one and the faint after-glow of the red sunset filled the west." Theodore Roosevelt
Anyone planning to camp overnight in the backcountry obtain a free backcountry permit. There are no established backcountry campsites. Camping in the backcountry is limited to 14 consecutive days.
For the South Unit and the Elkhorn Ranch Unit, backcountry permits can be obtained at the South Unit Visitor Center in Medora. Permits are not issued at the Painted Canyon Visitor Center.
For the North Unit, permits can be obtained at the North Unit Visitor Center.
When you have completed your backcountry trip, please stop by the visitor center to advise rangers of your safe return, if possible.
Weather can be unpredictable and sometimes dangerous. Both summer and winter backcountry users must be prepared for rapid and often violent changes in the weather. Winter storms and summer thunderstorms can build rapidly and be upon you in a very short time. Choose campsites wisely as flash floods may occur. Be prepared to protect yourself in severe weather or plan on a hasty evacuation to a place of safety or shelter.
It is especially important during this time of year to register with park rangers to ensure that they know where to start looking should you not return when indicated.
Backcountry Use Regulations
Did You Know?
Theodore Roosevelt's home cattle ranch was the Elkhorn Ranch, located on the Little Missouri River 35 miles north of Medora. The site is protected as the Theodore Roosevelt National Park Elkhorn Ranch Unit. More...