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Scenic Drive Construction

Map of TRNP South Unit road closure. More detailed descriptions are in text below.

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The South Unit scenic loop is 36 miles. With a road closure of six miles (red line), the scenic loop is now 22 miles out and 22 miles back; 44 miles total. To navigate the closure; turn left at intersection towards Wind Canyon, turn right after Wind Canyon to continue on park road until the Old East Entrance Station, and then turn around. Large vehicle turn around and trailer parking areas are located at Skyline Vista, Peaceful Valley, and Wind Canyon. The last large vehicle turn around is at Buck Hill.

Map of the South Unit of Theodore Roosevelt National Park showing a road closure on part of the Scenic Drive. The South Unit is an oblong shape that is bound by I94 to the south. The Scenic Drive begins at the South Unit Visitor Center at the southwest corner of the map, which is reachable from I94. I94 travels in an east-west direction on the southern edge of the map. The Scenic Drive heads north from the South Unit Visitor Center, making a downward slanted P-shape within the South Unit. The road closure forms the last part of the curved line on the P. Approximate distances from the Visitor Center: Skyline Vista is approxmately three miles. Peaceful Valley is approximately five miles. Wind Canyon is approximately nine miles. Buck Hill is approximately 18 miles. 
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East of the parking area for Upper Jones Creek Trail a coal seam is burning. Park staff determined that this fire had the potential to burn under and damage the road and decided to take preventative action. As the coal seam is approximately 13 feet thick, this necessitated a trench that is almost 25 feet deep in places. To protect visitors and park wildlife, a fence was then installed around the outside of this trench. The park asks that visitors respect this boundary for their own safety.


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Last updated: June 28, 2023

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