Plan Your Visit

A woman in a western style hat looks out across the Little Missouri River and badlands bathed in the sunset's golden light.
Sunset at the South Unit's Wind Canyon Trail

NPS / Melissa Logan

Whether you come in search of adventure, history, wildlife viewing, or connecting with nature, you're in the right place. The landscape that inspired Theodore Roosevelt's passion for protecting wild places continues to inspire those who visit today.

The North Unit is along highway 85 just south of Watford City. The South Unit is on I-94 near Medora. The Elkhorn Ranch Unit is located roughly in the middle, away from all roads.

Where do I start?

Well, that might depend on where you're coming from.

The South Unit's close proximity Interstate 94 makes it the most visited unit of the park. The South Unit Visitor Center in Medora, North Dakota features a museum, park film, book store, and Theodore Roosevelt's Maltese Cross Cabin. A 36 mile scenic drive offers wildlife viewing and fantastic scenery.

The North Unit is a little off the beaten path, about 1 hour's drive from the South Unit on Highway 85. A temporary visitor center houses a small book store and has rangers on hand to help orient visitors to the park. The 14 mile (28 miles round trip) scenic drive showcases the North Unit's rugged landscape and offers opportunities to view wildlife.

Both the North and South Units offer hiking trails of varying distances, campgrounds and backcountry camping, and paddling on the Little Missouri River (usually only in spring).

The Elkhorn Ranch Unit is quite remote, just as Roosevelt intended! The site of Roosevelt's home ranch lies at the end of a three-quarter mile long footpath. Only the foundation stones remain, but the landscape's ability to replenish and inspire are not lost, especially to Roosevelt's most proud fans.

Last updated: December 3, 2018

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