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Jul 21, 2018 - Day Trip: Theodore Roosevelt National Park, North Dakota

We want to visit a place in North Dakota that is not open weekends. We can skip it, stay two nights in Bismarck or stay another night here. I head to the office. To my surprise, we can stay. Get the bike out. We ride again to Theodore Roosevelt National Park. It will be difficult to top yesterday. Today, we drive the loop road clockwise. Today is about riding and spotting animals. Yesterday was cloudy and breezy. Today is sunny and windy. What will we find? We see our first lone buffalo. This is followed by a small herd. We see another...

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Jul 20, 2018 - Day Trip: Theodore Roosevelt National Park, North Dakota

This is our fourth visit to Theodore Roosevelt National Park. 2007. 2010, 2016 and now 2018. We are in line at the park entrance behind a woman from Wisconsin. She has a lot of questions. Has she heard of a Visitor Center? We follow her into the park. We see the sign for road construction. We see cars stopped and a flagman. We wait as the flagman forces our Wisconsin woman to back up and get in line. Finally, traffic moves. All traffic moves except our Wisconsin woman. She is looking at her phone. We all pass her. The flagman walks back to...

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Aug 8, 2016 - Teddy's NP (Painted Canyon)

Theodore Roosevelt National Park comprises three geographically separated areas of badlands in western North Dakota. The park was named for U.S. President Theodore Roosevelt. The park covers 70,446 acres (110.072 sq mi) of land in three sections: the North Unit, the South Unit, and the Elkhorn Ranch Unit. The park's larger South Unit, which also contains the Painted Canyon area, lies alongside Interstate 94 near Medora, North Dakota. The smaller North Unit is situated about 80 mi north of the South Unit, on U.S. Highway 85, just south of...

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2016 RV Adventure

Jun 11, 2016 - Theodore Roosevelt National Park, North Dakota

We drove four hours to escape the heat. We are successful. It is a beautiful morning. It is windy but our ride today is not high speed. After breakfast in town, we head to Theodore Roosevelt National Park. It may be the least visited national park in the country. I think I read that. We have been here three times. We check in at the visitor center. We head to the thirty-six mile scenic loop. We take lots of video and pictures. We stop for the prairie dogs. We see wild horses. We find two lone buffalo. We see beautiful scenery. We talk with...

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Sep 1, 2015 - Scenic Loop Drive (South Unit)

Scenic Drive Loop around the South Unit Tuesday, Sept 1: Theodore Roosevelt N.P. (South) Weather: ~62F, mild and calm, warming to ~93F, sunny and breezy Route: National Park Scenic Drive Loop Trip Average Gas Mileage: 28.8mpg Highlights: - hiking the short trails along the 36-mile Scenic Loop Drive - seeing Prairie Dogs and a bison (again) and a Pronghorn Sheep - touring the historic town of Medora - getting filtered water and reading the displays at the Visitor Center - ice cream and beer Last night the campground was dark enough to...

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Aug 31, 2015 - Caprock Coulee Trail

Slippery Bentonite and Clear Skies Monday, August 31: Theodore Roosevelt N.P. (North) to Theodore Roosevelt N.P. (South) Weather: ~62F, mild and wet in the morning, warming to ~78F, sunny and breezy Route: US-85S → I-94W Trip Average Gas Mileage: 28.8mpg Highlights: - a hard rainstorm with lightning and thunder throughout the night - the stunning views along the Caprock Coulee Trail - seeing a Prairie Dog Town - moving in to Cottonwood Campground Site #53 on the Little Missouri river bank - beer and popcorn in the shade After dark...

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Aug 30, 2015 - Theodore Roosevelt National Park

About Theodore Roosevelt National Park This National Park is actually 3 separate units - North, South and Elkhorn Ranch (undeveloped). It was officially established in 1947. The developed units each have one paved Scenic Road with parking areas near Points of Interest and trailheads. Wilderness hiking is possible but there are no established campsites or potable water sources in the backcountry. The park is open all year, offering outdoor activities that range from horseback riding to kayaking and Ranger-led programs that include...

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Jul 10, 2015 - Badlands of North Dakota

Isolated in the far US north, North Dakota is the least visited of all the states. It is also one of the least populous states. So if you are looking for isolation you'll find it here as we did once we left the big towns of Fargo and Bismarck behind. In the last decade the State's economy has boomed due to fracking and record farming yields. So most farmers we met were pretty pleased. The State also has the lowest unemployment rate in the nation at 2.6% and has had the biggest per capita increase going from a ranking of 38th to 17th in five...

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Jul 1, 2015 - Theo Roosevelt NP

Wed, 01 Jul: Heading back north... OK, the fridge is behaving itself again, so let's revisit our options. We still have a week or so to get to Forest City Iowa for the Winnebago rally (two day's drive from here), and we still want to see the Theodore Roosevelt National Park South Unit, so let's head back north. Besides, the worst of the heat wave has passed so we are optimistic. Bob did a thorough dump and flush of our holding tanks, and we filled our fresh water tank to the brim. We're good to go for a week or more. We connected the car...

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2015 Travels

Jun 22, 2015 - Theodore Roosevelt National Park, North Dakota

Another beautiful day in the Northern Plains! We took a relatively short, 5 ½ hour drive from Badlands National Park in South Dakota, to the other Badlands, this time in North Dakota, to Theodore Roosevelt National Park (TRNP). There are a lot of similarities between the two, but the ones in South Dakota are more rugged, and “badder”. On our drive north this morning, we drove through Sturgis, SD, where they will have their 75th motorcycle rally this year. Banners are already flying! Our tour of TRNP consisted of a 4-hour drive on the...

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Aug 2, 2014 - Maltese Cabin & Museum

This update covers our visit to the South Unit Visitor Center in Theodore Roosevelt National Park. It is located at the South Unit's entrance in Medora and includes a museum, theater, and information desk. The museum has personal items of Theodore Roosevelt, plus other cultural and natural history displays. After watching the movie and visiting the museum, we walked outside to see the Maltese Cross Cabin. The Maltese Cross Cabin is a cabin used by Theodore Roosevelt, before he was President. This was Theodore Roosevelt's first cabin in the...

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Aug 1, 2014 - Theodore Roosevelt N.P.

We visited Theodore Roosevelt National Park today. We drove the incredible 36 mile scenic loop. We made a lot of stops to enjoy the fantastic scenery. We saw lots of wildlife, the park reminded us of Custer State Park, it has a lot of the same signs about buffalo etc. We had a lot of buffalo crossing the road causing another fun traffic jam. :-) We parked and watched adorable prairie dogs, there are hundreds of them every time you stop at one of the many prairie dog villages. We also saw over a dozen wild horses, most were high on the hills...

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