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.
Theodore Roosevelt National Park offers scenic drives in the North Unit and South Unit of the park.
Entrance to the South Unit of Theodore Roosevelt National Park is located directly off of Interstate 94 in Medora (Exits 24 and 27). The Painted Canyon Visitor Center (Exit 32) is located directly on I-94, and is open April 1-November 11. The South Unit's 36-mile Scenic Loop Drive takes at least 90 minutes to travel and offers outstanding views of the badlands, prairie dog towns, and abundant wildlife watching.
Access to the North Unit is on U.S. Highway 85 approximately 15 miles south of Watford City, ND and approximately 50 miles north of Belfield, ND. The North Unit's 14-mile scenic drive follows the north rim of the Little Missouri River Valley, offering spectacular views and wildlife viewing opportunities.
Gasoline is available near the South Unit entrance in Medora and along I-94 in the nearby communities of Belfield, ND and Beach, ND. The nearest gasoline to the North Unit is 15 miles north of the park in Watford City, ND.
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...