Your Guide to the Bakken Outdoors

Theodore Roosevelt National Park

By May 29, 2014


Whether you are seeking to encounter a piece of American history, take a glimpse into the life of a former president, of enjoy wildlife in their natural habitat, the North Dakota National Parks have something for you.

The vast North Dakota prairies, rivers, and badlands are home to a wide variety of native wildlife such as bison, elk, bighorn sheep, bald and golden eagles, meadowlarks, burrowing owls, and prairie dogs. They have provided food, clothing, shelter, and a way of life to American Indian tribes for generations. They have been the land of opportunity for trappers and traders, homesteaders and ranchers, and a source of inspiration for a future president. And they offer you the chance to savor the outdoors, find solitude, take some time with your family, or make your own connections with your national parks.

Entrance fees are required at Theodore Roosevelt National Park. $10 per vehicle or $5 per person if you visit by bicycle, foot, or horse.



South Unit

The South Unit entrance is in Medora, ND. Medora is accessible via Interstate 94 Exits 24 and 27 in North Dakota. Medora is 133 miles west of Bismarck, ND and 27 miles east of the Montana state line.

The Painted Canyon Visitor Center is located 7 miles east of Medora on I-94 at Exit 32.

North Unit

North Unit Map

The North Unit entrance is along U.S. Highway 85, approximately 14 miles south of Watford City, ND and 50 miles north of Belfield, ND. The distance by road from Medora to the North Unit is approximately 70 miles. I-94 travelers can access U.S. Highway 85 at Exit 42 in Belfield, ND.

Elkhorn Ranch Unit

The Elkhorn Ranch Unit is located 35 miles north of Medora. Access to the site is via gravel roads. Approaching the site from the east requires fording the Little Missouri River. Ask a ranger at one of the park visitor centers for information on traveling to the Elkhorn Ranch Site before you attempt the journey. An Elkhorn Ranch Guide and Map to the Elkhorn Ranch are available online.

Operating Hours and Seasons

For up to date operating hours and information about camping, see National Park Service

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