In Honor of a President

When Theodore Roosevelt came to Dakota Territory to hunt bison in 1883, he was a skinny, young, spectacled dude from New York. He could not have imagined how his adventure in this remote and unfamiliar place would forever alter the course of the nation. The rugged landscape and strenuous life that TR experienced here would help shape a conservation policy that we still benefit from today.

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Ranger welcomes you to the 8th annual Dakota Nights Astronomy Festival

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Virtual Dakota Nights

2020 Virtual Dakota Nights will be held on August 15th

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Fees and Passes

Learn about no contact transactions to reduce person-to-person interactions.

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Nearby Lodging and Dining

The park's only lodging is primitive camping and there are no dining facilities in the park. But nearby communities have you covered.

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Astronomy Activities for Youth

Are you looking for some fun and educational end-of-summer activities for your children? Dakota Nights is an event for all ages!

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Become a Junior Ranger!

Whether visiting in person or visiting virtually, we have a Junior Ranger book and badge waiting for a curious adventurer.

Hiker in the Badlands

Leave No Trace

Follow these seven principles to keep national parks special places to visit and for future generations to enjoy.

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Plan Your Visit

Get all the information you need to plan your adventure - maps, directions, hiking information, a visitor guide, and more.

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Hiking Trails

Hiking trails range from short, paved paths to strenuous wilderness routes. Find a trail that's right for you.

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Theodore Roosevelt National Park Store

The park store offers a wide range of educational items for all ages. Shopping the association store is a great way to support your park.

Last updated: August 7, 2020

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Mailing Address:

PO Box 7
Medora, ND 58645


(701) 623-4466

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