Places To Go
The South Unit Visitor Center is located at the park entrance in Medora. It has an information desk, museum, movie, and offers opportunities to learn more about Theodore Roosevelt and his experience in the badlands. Roosevelt's Maltese Cross Cabin is located next to the visitor center. The visitor center is closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year's Day.
The Painted Canyon Visitor Center, located at Exit 32 on Interstate 94, sits on the rim of one of the most spectacular overlooks in Theodore Roosevelt National Park. Here, one is greeted with unparalleled panoramic views of the North Dakota badlands.
Elkhorn Ranch Unit
The North Unit Visitor Center is located at the park entrance and has an information desk, movie, and exhibits. The staff can provide information about road and trail conditions and park activities. Also see Ranger Programs. The visitor center is open daily April to mid-October and Friday, Saturday and Sunday the rest of the year. It is closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year's Day.
Take time to drive the 14-mile Scenic Drive that leads from the entrance station to the Oxbow Overlook, with turnouts and interpretive signs along the way. As you travel along the drive, you will pass a number of hiking trails. Some are self-guiding nature trails that have interpretive brochures to help you learn more about the park. A "Road Log Guide" is available for sale at the park visitor center and on line at the TRNHA Bookstore.
Did You Know?
Prairie dogs are often persecuted for their apparent destructiveness to the plants in their towns. Although they do keep the grass's growth to a minimum, the rodent's foraging habits promote the growth of forbs, upon which other grazing animals such as bison, elk, deer, horses, and pronghorns feed. More...