Theodore Roosevelt National Park

North Unit Scenic Drive In Theodore Roosevelt National Park Reopens To End

The entire 14 miles of the North Unit Scenic Drive in Theodore Roosevelt National Park reopens to traffic today at 9 a.m. after road slumps back in August 2011 forced closure of the last 7 miles of the drive.

Trails I've Hiked: The Ridgeline Nature Trail At Theodore Roosevelt National Park

Badlands sprawled out in every direction I looked. East, west, south, or north, from the Ridgeline Trail in the South Unit of Theodore Roosevelt National Park it was easy to understand how the "badlands" term was coined.

Theodore Roosevelt National Park, North Dakota State Parks Feeling Pressures Of Energy Boom

On clear, calm nights, from the top of Buck Hill you can see them flickering off in the distance. Not campfires, but rather gas flares, emblematic of North Dakota's energy boom, glimmering after dark. Here, in the South Unit of Theodore Roosevelt National Park, the flares are just one sign of how the boom, spurred in large part by fracking, are impacting the park.

Weed Spraying At Theodore Roosevelt National Park On Monday

If you're planning to be in Theodore Roosevelt National Park on Monday, you might want to keep an eye out for aerial weed-spraying operations. 

How Might The National Park System Fare Under A "President Romney"?

With Mitt Romney, the Republican presidential nominee, vague on details concerning his plans for reducing the federal deficit and shrinking government, speculation is running heavy, and it's not encouraging for the National Park System.

Head Into The Wilderness Of Theodore Roosevelt National Park This Sunday

If you're planning to be in North Dakota this coming weekend, celebrate the Labor Day holiday with a hike into the backcountry of Theodore Roosevelt National Park on Sunday.

Star Party Planned For Theodore Roosevelt National Park's North Unit This Weekend

If you find yourself in Theodore Roosevelt National Park this weekend, head for the North Unit where they're going to be having a star party.

Birding In The National Parks: Attracting Birds With Recorded Bird Calls

What do you think of using recorded bird calls to lure birders towards your binoculars or camera? It's a controversial practice in some circles, but others consider it harassing birds.

Where Can You Find Wildlife In Theodore Roosevelt National Park?

Badlands comprise a great portion of Theodore Roosevelt National Park. But that doesn't mean they're lifeless lands. Spend a little time in the park, keep your eyes and ears open, and you might be surprised by what you see.

Theodore Roosevelt National Park Now Has Its Own Page On The Traveler

You can add Theodore Roosevelt National Park to the list of national parks that have their own "mini-guide" on the Traveler. Visit these pages and you'll find information on hiking, lodging, camping, birding, and more.

Body Of Missing Virginia Man Found In Theodore Roosevelt National Park

The body of a hiker missing in Theodore Roosevelt National Park since Sunday has been found.

Search Under Way For Missing Hiker At Theodore Roosevelt National Park

A man who went for a hike Sunday morning and never returned was being searched for Tuesday in Theodore Roosevelt National Park's South Unit.

Birding In The National Parks: Looking For Birds In Theodore Roosevelt National Park

Though Theodore Roosevelt National Park is located in the "badlands" of western North Dakota, the birding there in early June can be exceptional.

Friends Of Theodore Roosevelt National Park To Sponsor Elkhorn Ranch Outing

The Friends of Theodore Roosevelt National Park invite the public for a special trip to discover the Elkhorn Ranch on Saturday, July 14.
The Elkhorn Ranch, where Theodore Roosevelt sought solitude for introspection and honed his conservation ethos, is being threatened by development that could upend the very quality of the setting that so inspired Roosevelt.

Oil And Gas Exploration Threatens The Setting That Gave Teddy Roosevelt His Conservation Ethos

The Elkhorn Ranch, where Theodore Roosevelt sought solitude for introspection and honed his conservation ethos, is being threatened by development that could upend the very quality of the setting that so inspired Roosevelt.

Camping In The Parks: Cottonwood And Juniper Campgrounds At Theodore Roosevelt National Park

Deciding where to pitch your tent or park your RV in Theodore Roosevelt National Park is pretty straightforward: If you're in the South Unit, you head for Cottonwood Campground. In the North Unit, the Juniper Campground is your destination.

Theodore Roosevelt National Park

Wide valley with river and aspens in autumn color. Copyright by QT Luong, www.terragalleria.com/parks

When a young Theodore Roosevelt came west in the 1880s, he encountered a landscape unlike any he had set his eyes on. The rippled badlands of the Dakota Territory, cut and carved through the millennia by the Little Missouri River, were stark and barren, and yet inviting to the young man.

Trails I've Hiked: Upper Caprock Coulee Trail At Theodore Roosevelt National Park

River Bend Overlook, Theodore Roosevelt National Park, copyright Kurt Repanshek
The best vantage points to take in the grandeur of Theodore Roosevelt National Park are, quite understandably, up high. The Upper Caprock Coulee Trail takes you there, and along the way shows off some incredible badlands that so captivated Theodore Roosevelt.

North Unit Scenic Drive In Theodore Roosevelt National Park Still Partially Closed

Repairs should allow the reopening later this year of the entire North Unit Scenic Drive in Theodore Roosevelt National Park, but until then you'll be limited to only about a 6-mile stretch of the drive.

Wilderness Hike At Theodore Roosevelt National Park Will Focus On Finding Water In The Badlands

Curious about where you can find water in the harsh badlands of Theodore Roosevelt National Park in North Dakota? Then join a ranger on July 1 to go in search of springs in the park.

58th Annual Bird Walk Coming To Theodore Roosevelt National Park On June 3

Birding and chuckwagon breakfasts intersect Saturday at Theodore Roosevelt National Park in North Dakota.

Ranger-Led Wilderness Hikes Scheduled At Theodore Roosevelt National Park

If you find yourself in North Dakota this summer, consider heading to Theodore Roosevelt National Park to join a ranger-led hike into the park.

Elk Reduction Finishes Ahead Of Schedule At Theodore Roosevelt National Park

Two productive years of culling elk at Theodore Roosevelt National Park have achieved the park's goal of reducing the elk herd in the South Unit to fewer than 400 animals.

Birding in the National Parks: Chasing The Snowy Owl

The United States has been invaded. None of the presidential candidates are talking about it and I haven’t even seen it mentioned on the national news reports yet. Birders, however, are well aware of this invasion and we welcome our new owl overlords.

Humans, Comfort-Loving Animals That They Are, Are Changing Their National Park Habits With Climate Change

Humans are creatures of comfort, so perhaps it should not be a surprise that warming temperatures associated with climate change are altering the seasons slightly when it comes to visiting national parks, according to a study.

Call To Action: Updating The Leopold Report For National Parks in the 21st Century

Nearly 50 years after it was completed, the Leopold Report on wildlife management in the national parks is perhaps overdue for revisions to take into account the realities of climate change, sprawl, and greater visitation to the parks.

Limited Backcountry Closures Coming To Theodore Roosevelt National Park For Elk Reduction

With elk culling scheduled to resume in Theodore Roosevelt National Park's South Unit next week, park officials say some backcountry areas and hiking trails will be closed on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays into December.

Many National Parks Get The Indian Story Wrong

Earlier this year we ran a story by former Park Service historian Richard West Sellars that examined how fully the National Park Service at Fort Laramie National Historic Site recounts the history of the 19th Century Indian Wars. The following article from Robert Pahre takes a broader look at how the National Park Service interprets Native American history.
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