North Unit Scenic Drive Closed

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Date: August 8, 2011
Contact: Valerie Naylor, (701) 623-4466

North Unit Scenic Drive Closed

A portion of the North Unit Scenic Drive in Theodore Roosevelt National Park has been closed due to continued slumping.

The road from Caprock Coulee to Oxbow Overlook is closed because a section of road in the Cedar Canyon area has been compromised and is slumping and sliding.The closure will remain in place until further notice. No entrance fees will be charged in the North Unit while the road is closed.

The first 7 miles of the road, from the Visitor Center to the Caprock Coulee pullout, will have no restrictions and access to and from the campground will not be affected.

"The formation of the badlands is a constant and ongoing natural process," said Superintendent Valerie Naylor."The erosional processes that have given us our beautiful scenery, in combination with the wet conditions of the last two years, have led to the current condition of the park road.We regret the necessity of closing any part of the scenic drive, but the safety of visitors and park staff is paramount."

The North Unit is located 15 miles south of Watford City off Highway 85.The park is open every day.For further information, including current road conditions, please call the North Unit Visitor Center at 701-842-2333 or visit the park's website at

We want to stress that the first 7 miles of the road, trails, campground, and backcountry in the North Unit remain open


Last updated: April 10, 2015

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