Theodore Roosevelt National Park

New York Times "#5 Place to See in the World”

Theodore Roosevelt National Park

Sunrise to sunset

Come on out and visit North Dakota's only National Park! All 70,400 acres of breathtaking Badlands are covered in wildlife, hiking trails, and scenic overlooks!

Beginning May 9, Theodore Roosevelt National Park will resume access for:

- All trails and trailheads within park boundaries
- All roads in the North and South Unit (except South Unit road failure road)
- Limited restroom facilities
- Picnic areas
- Backcountry camping
- The Elkhorn Ranch Unit

Begin your Theodore Roosevelt National Park experience by driving through the south unit of the park on the 36-mile scenic loop. The loop is a winding drive that takes you along striking overlooks, past trailheads for 12 different hiking trails (more on those below), and is dotted interpretive signs about the Park’s history and natural wonders!

Inside the park you'll see real prairie dog towns, wild horses, elk, whitetail deer and of course, bison -- America's National Mammal!

And you definitely don't want to miss out on tours of Theodore Roosevelt’s Maltese Cross Cabin -- his very first ranch in the Badlands! 


Per Vehicle - $30.00
Good for 7 days in TRNP only.

Individual Fee - $15.00
Hiking, biking, horseback riding - good for 7 days in TRNP only.

Under 16 - FREE

Motorcycle Pass - $25.00

Good for 7 days in TRNP only.

Annual TRNP Pass - $55.00

Keep scrolling to see:

- Hiking trails inside Theodore Roosevelt National Park
- Camping information
- Mountain biking and hiking trails outside the park on the 150 mile Maah Daah Hey Trail

Acres of Badlands!
bison in TRNP south unit
“Destination to go” by the New York Times
Miles of hiking

Exploring Theodore Roosevelt National Park on foot.

There's nothing like getting out of the car and on a trail or off the beaten path. You can do both inside Theodore Roosevelt National Park. 

See the hiking trail map here and learn the regulations for backpacking in the park here. 

Take your adventure even further by making the pilgrimage to Theodore Roosevelt's Elkhorn Ranch site! It's just an hour drive from downtown Medora, but when you get there you'll feel like you're on another planet. See the map to the Elkhorn Ranch here.


Where to stay

It's a question Theodore Roosevelt asked of himself when he came out West in 1883. TR decided to lay up at a hotel before roughing it in the Badlands. The same options are available to you!

Stay in luxury at the Historic Rough Riders Hotel or get yourself a clean, comfortable room at the Badlands Motel. If roughing sounds like your bag, look into staying at the Medora Campground or inside Theodore Roosevelt National Park at the Cottonwood campground.


The Maah Daah Hey Trail

The Maah Daah Hey draws people from all over world to bike, hike, and horseback ride in the Badlands. The combined 150-mile MDH, Buffalo Gap, and Deuce trails traverses the Badlands, Little Missouri National Grasslands, private land, the North and South Units of Theodore Roosevelt National Park and beyond. This trail will give you an amazing experience no matter how you choose to enjoy it.

PLUS! You can experience the trail through the Badlands Race Series!
Every summer the creators of the Maah Daah Hey 100 mountain bike race bring you a series of rad Maah Daah Hey Trail events that the whole family can enjoy. Learn more about Maah Daah Hey trail races here and see a comprehensive trail map here.


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