• Theodore Roosevelt National Park

    Theodore Roosevelt

    National Park North Dakota

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  • Road Closures

    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.

Your Safety

Bison blocking the Ridgeline Trail.

Bison have right of way.  Give them plenty of space!

NPS Photo

Animals
All animals in the park are wild and unpredictable. View them from a safe distance. Bison and other large mammals inhabit the park. They generally appear tranquil, but may attack without warning if they are disturbed.

Feeding animals of any kind is prohibited.

Rattlesnakes are present in the park. They do not always give a warning before striking. Be alert while walking, and do not put your hands or feet in a place you cannot see. Rattlesnakes and black widow spiders often live in prairie dog burrows.

Driving
Speed limits are posted and enforced on park roads. Drive cautiously; winding park roads and abundant wildlife may yield unexpected surprises. Use extra caution while driving at night.

Weather
Weather in the North Dakota badlands is harsh, with extremes in temperature and sudden, violent storms. Be prepared for rapidly changing conditions. Click here for more information on weather and climate in the park.

Hiking
Hikers are advised to stay on established trails. Detailed maps are available for sale at the park visitor centers. Climbing on the steep slopes in the badlands can be dangerous, especially when wet. Slippery clays and soft sediments can yield underfoot.

Watch for poison ivy in wet areas and for ticks in late spring and early summer.

Get drinking water only from approved sources. Backcountry hikers should plan to carry all the water they will need for their entire itinerary; water sources are limited in the backcountry. Water taken from all natural sources must be treated or boiled before use.

Backcountry campers are required to register at the South Unit Visitor Center or North Unit Visitor Center. There is no fee for backcountry camping permits.

Did You Know?

Prairie Dog

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...