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 and hard to photograph, I had to do a lot of zooming. We had packed a picnic lunch and went right out of the RV and left it on the counter. We will be making a lot more trips into the park and will have a picnic for sure, we saw lots of beautiful places with huge Cottonwoods and picnic tables. Some were right along the Little Missouri River near the Cottonwood Campground. What a gorgeous place to camp, I just wish they had full hookups and WI-FI.
Named for the 26th President of the United States, Theodore Roosevelt National Park covers 110 square miles of breathtaking vistas in the savagely beautiful North Dakota Badlands. We visited from the South Unit in Medora and drove the 36-mile scenic-loop drive through the Badlands. This paved drive includes interpretive signs that explain the park's historical and natural features and breathtaking views of the geography and wildlife. You can explore the beautiful and rugged terrain of the South Unit by car, on foot, or by horseback. We saw a lot of people on horses, this whole town is cowboy country. I am going to have to dig my cowboy hats out of the basement. :-)
Extensive systems of backcountry trails encourage viewing the natural habitats of a wide variety of plants and animals such as bison, prairie dogs, wild horses, mule deer, elk, pronghorn and numerous bird species. Over 500 species of plants can be found here. The best wildlife viewing times are in the early morning and early evening hours. We are already planning more evening wildlife drives. We are also planning to visit the North Unit of the park later too. It was another wonderful day in North Dakota, check back later for more.