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“Beautiful”

Theodore Roosevelt National Park
Ranked #1 of 18 things to do in Medora
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The area is uniquely beautiful. I had the pleasure of seeing a herd o wild horses and a number of birds that I had not seen before. I have been to the painted desert and the Grand Canyon, both awe inspiring, but this was different. I am glad I took the time.

Thank JayB1r
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Our first stop was at the free Visitor Center just off I-94 just east of the Medora exit. Spectacular views - everyone passing by should swing in to this stop for an enjoyable break.

We officially entered TR National Park at the south entry in Medora. There were two of us in the car, and as one was over 62 years old, we purchased a one year national park pass for $20. Be sure to stop in at the visitor center to watch the 17 minute film about the Park history. We then took the 38 mike loop drive. It took about 2 hours with a few viewing stops. There are many places you can also stop and hike. Be sure to reference the map you’re given upon entry, so you can note where you are. Construction caused about a 30 minute delay, but we enjoyed talking to the construction “flag” person. We saw 7 wild horses, a herd of buffalo (off in distance), and many prairie dogs. This trip through was about 10 - Noon. The next morning, we returned at 7 am - then saw 4 deer, 1 mule deer, many prairie dogs, and 2 buffalo close up! One even crossed the road in front of our car! The early morning visit was worth getting up early for. The Park is open 24 hours!

2  Thank Cindy E
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

At $30 a car, it should have been more pleasurable on a quiet Tuesday (June 26th 2018) afternoon. It wasn't.

What I don't understand is the unbelievable amount of construction going on in the park on the relatively short loop. At least 3 of the scenic lookouts were closed completely (nobody working on them) and quite a lot of roadway that was unpaved with construction markers all over making driving tricky. After the loop towards the end - there was a guy in yellow jacket that stopped cars for a good 10 minutes while they did something and then let cars through one lane at a time.

Look if I wanted to spend a day avoiding construction and waiting for workers to let you pass the cones, I would have stayed in (name your urban city) and not been in the great outdoors of ND.

Granted this may be find for hikers and there looked to be some good trails to hike, I was driving. But with the sonic overlooks closed and views that were frankly similar to what was a the free beautiful highway rest stop further up the highway, it was not significantly more spectacular. Yes there were buffalo and some wild horses in the park, and they are fun to see.... but there are better elsewhere.

Look - I get parks need work, but how about warning folks this might be the case right now? How about dropping the rates while this disruptive work is going on? How about working on one section at a time to minimize the overall impact. I went to Devils Tower a few days prior and due to it being cloudy and raining, it was a "free day" and the park was amazing. This one keeps the same steep prices and then makes the journey irritating bringing a little bit of city annoyance to an otherwise serene park experience. Felt it was not time or money well spent.

Thank Douglas R
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The painted Rock visitor center is a nice place to start your visit. Great place for pictures of the Canyon. You have to drive to the main entrance. The drive is beautiful. Lots of places to pull over and look at the scenery.
See a lot of bison and prairie dogs. Lots of hiking trails some are short little walks and some longer ones. A must stop.

2  Thank grandmacindy1965
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Just did a quick stop off the hwy but this was excellent. The canyon is awesome. Saw some bison. Later did the drive north on hwy 85 past the north unit. This drive is smooth but the landscape is rugged, canyons and rough range land. Beautiful.

2  Thank DebandDen
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