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Basecamp to Theodore Roosevelt National Park

Hiking in Theodore Roosevelt National Park - Medora North Dakota

Outdoor adventure abounds in Theodore Roosevelt National Park, which covers 70,400 acres of the breathtaking North Dakota Badlands! With so much to do, there is something for all explorers, big and small.

The New York Times recommends Theodore Roosevelt National Park as one of "52 Places to Go"

In fact, in 2016, it was the #5 place they thought you'd better see! 
No joke, you're going to love it. 


Whether you're coming to Medora for a weekend or on your way to Yellowstone National Park, Medora and Theodore Roosevelt national Park are a must-stop during your National Park adventure!

Our over 70,000 amazing acres, hundreds of wild Bison, herds of Elk, prarier dogs, all types of birds, and boundless other wildllife are easily accessible from Interstate 94 and they're a must-see.

You can pull into the BEAUTIFUL Painted Canyon Overlook, but then make sure to pull into town and the full South Unit of the Park, too.

Did you know Theodore Roosevelt was inspired right here in the Badlands to create what we know today as our National Parks? 

Read on for more...

Here are a few Theodore Roosevelt National Park

-Of course! Cruise the 36-mile scenic loop in Theodore Roosevelt National Park's South Unit
-Hike great trails like the one along the amazing Wind Canyon, or the Petrified Forest
-Get up close (but not too close!) and personal with a tatanka (a bison of course!)
-Pose for a picture with your furry buddies at the prairie dog towns
-Get off the road and search for our famous bands of wild horses or the ellusive groups of elk
-Explore Theodore Roosevelt's Maltese Cross Cabin right outside the TRNP Welcome Center
-Take in an amazing night-sky Ranger Program or even let the kids become a Junior Ranger!

Hiking overlooking the Badlands of Theodore Roosevelt National Park

Keep reading for more info on your Basecamp to TRNP...

Plus, here's our TRNP web page with more great hikes, Ranger Programs, Fee info, and a calendar of events!

Still want more!? Our blog has cool stories and other fun TRNP factoids. Need, Five Reasons to Stop in Medora When You're On Your Way to Yellowstone National Park we got it.! Looking for the 5 Best Hikes in TRNP? We got you covered! 

Guess what! There's a ton more to explore in the Badlands surrounding TRNP!

Plus, you'll need some provisions -- we've got that covered for you too.


Biking the Maah Daah Hey just outside TR National Park

Hike or bike portions of the 150 mile Maah Daah Hey trail!

Get off the beaten path and get dirty! Bring your mountain bike or rent one from Dakota Cyclery -- then go rip on 150 miles of single-track on the Maah Daah Hey trail. A ride or hike on the Maah Daah Hey is an experience you won't forget!

Learn more about the Maah Daah Hey trail -- including new information about the Maah Daah Hey 150 series of races!

What is it like to ride the MDH 100? Check out this video for just a tiny glimpse of the fun!

Horseback ride inside TR National Park or on guided rides in Medora ND

Medora Trail Rides -- the perfect way to take in the beauty of the Badlands!

See the Badlands as Theodore Roosevelt saw them, on horseback! Medora Trail Rides lead you past beautiful panoramic vistas, rugged buttes and colorful canyons just outside TRNP.

Learn more and get tickets here.

Theodore Roosevelt still

See Theodore Roosevelt National Park's namesake in action -- see a TR Salute to Medora!

Theodore Roosevelt comes to life in this vivid and rousing presentation featuring one of the best TR historian and reinactors, Joe Wiegand. Instrumental in the creation of the National Parks System a TR Salute to Medora is a must see during the Centennial Celebration of the National Park System! (plus, Joe Wiegand stars in the new, National Parks IMAX Movie!)

Learn more and get tickets here.

Bully Pulpit Golf Course - one of America's Top 100 Public Golf Courses

Like to trade your boots for golf spikes? At Bully Pulpit Golf Course you'll find yourself climbing through meadows and woodlands and meandering along the Little Missouri River, fully immersed in the beauty of the landscape all around you!

From butte-top tee boxes to a green among a sea of Badlands, this is one golfing adventure you're not soon to forget. Plus, we can set you up with rentals, if your clubs didn't make the trek.

Learn more and make tee times here.

Every good explorer has a basecamp, right? Medora is yours.


Historic and Luxurious Rough Riders Hotel in Medora

Rough Riders Hotel

Luxury meets western charm and presidential history at the Rough Riders Hotel. Named for Theodore Roosevelt, you'll fall in love the moment you arrive. Legend has it, TR may have even visited this hotel in the 1880s!

Learn more and make reservations here.

The Medora Campground

More of a camper type? Setup the pup tent or airstream along the Little Missouri River at the Medora Campground, just outside the entrance to the National Park.

Learn more and make reservations here. 


Pitchfork Steak Fondue

It's dinner and a show -- Medora style! Every evening, just before the kick off of the Medora Musical, our chefs load steaks onto pitchforks and fondue them -- western style! Savor your steaks as you overlook the Badlands from atop a bluff at the Tjaden Terrace! Learn more and get tickets here.

Badlands Pizza Parlor

A great stop for family and friends after an all-day adventure in TRNP. Start with an appetizer then dig into great-tasting pizza, chicken, pasta or your favorite sandwich. If you have a TRNP-sized appetite, this is the place for you! See the menu here.

Theodore's Dining Room

Enjoy the new taste of the Old West at Theodore's Dining Room, located in the historic Rough Riders Hotel. Enjoy an elegant and inviting atmosphere while savoring many of your favorites - from steaks and bison, to seafood, pasta and Rough Rider draft beer. See the menu here.

Maltese Burger

Delicious made-to-order burgers served from morning till night! Sink your teeth into one of our three unforgettable burgers! Made fresh for you with premium beef and enjoyed under the big blue sky of the North Dakota Badlans.


Plus there are even more great eateries and saloons to grab some lunch or dinner, a quick burger or a local-brew beer, or even just a quick Cliff Bar.

Rest assured, while you're exploring the place that inspired Theodore Roosevelt so much, you'll have all the provisions and supplies you need to have an even better time than you imagined. 


#FindYourPark, Theodore Roosevelt National Park.

The bison are on the move in Theodore Roosevelt National Park

What are you waiting for, book now and let the adventure begin. 



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