Places To Go

South Unit
A major feature of the South Unit is the paved, 36-mile Scenic Loop Drive with pullouts and interpretive signs that explain some of the park's historical and natural features.

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 South Unit offers a number of outdoor activities such as hiking and camping in addition to guided ranger programs.


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 Elkhorn Ranch Unit, the location of Roosevelt's "home ranch" in the badlands, is located 35 miles north of the South Unit Visitor Center. The ranch buildings no longer exist but interpretive panels give insight to the area using Roosevelt's own words. Ask at one of the visitor centers for access information before attempting to drive to the site. Learn more about the Elkhorn Ranch and its history.


North Unit
The North Unit is located near Watford City. From Interstate 94, take US 85 North at Belfield (Exit 42) and continue approximately 50 miles to the park entrance.

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.


Road Closures
Park roads may temporarily close for construction projects or winter snow and ice conditions. Check the current park road status.

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