National Park Getaway

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Date: November 18, 2010
Contact: Eileen Andes, 701-623-4466
Contact: Elise Cleva, 202-208-6843

Theodore Roosevelt National Park
America's Best Idea: National Park Getaway

MEDORA, N.D. The badlands hills rise one after another, revealing strata of colors: taupe and tan, red-brown, blue-gray. Earth here is a hybrid—hills like camel humps, tiger-striped by their rock layers—through which a smooth silver river glides. Badgers, bison, pronghorn, and elk enliven the terrain with their burrowing—pacing—leaping, while riders, at the feet of hills, guide their horses through wildflowers and scrub.

We know this landscape, even if we've never seen it in person. This is the West with a capital "W"—epitome of rugged—quintessence of wild. Ranchland, canyon-land, no-man's-land; land of movies and novels, murals and dreams. Seductive and merciless; humbling and awesome; world of campfire-crackle nocturnes and coyote-howl serenades.

Hike this world; cycle it; coast its scenic drives. Appreciate its details through a camera lens, its grandeur with your bare eyes. Let the land teach you what quiet is. Listen, in the stillness, for a bison's hoof-stamp or a rustle of grass.

You can start planning a visit to Theodore Roosevelt National Park with the help of the 75th in a series of weekly travel articles. These National Park Getaways, found at, take you to places entrusted to the care of the National Park Service. In such places, like Theodore Roosevelt National Park, we feed our hunger for adventure, tranquility, and the sublime.

Last updated: April 10, 2015

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