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Address: 26611 U.S. Hwy 385, Theodore Roosevelt National Park, ND 58645
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+1 701-623-4466
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Popular area of the park for hiking and horseback riding.

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Lots of animals to see

We traveled through the South section the end of January which meant only about 11 miles was open. Within that trip we were able to see and photographed many of them: A pair of... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 weeks ago
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Eagle River, Wisconsin
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Eagle River, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We traveled through the South section the end of January which meant only about 11 miles was open. Within that trip we were able to see and photographed many of them: A pair of golden eagles and a Martin Prairie dogs and a coyote searching for lunch among them Many bison Many Ferrel horses a Hugh porcupine - largest I've... More 

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Santa Rosa Beach, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 167 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 December 2016

We loved this entire experience. From the movie and visitor center exhibits, to the cabin Theodore Roosevelt used, to the magnificent drives, the many geological formations, the WILD HORSES, the prairie dog communities, and the bison; we were mesmerized. We were thankful this great park is preserved for our education and experience. Highly recommend the 36 mile scenic drive in... More 

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Omaha, Nebraska
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 October 2016

We really loved the South Unit at this national park. Visitor's center had a small theater, museum, gift shop, map of park, and restrooms. Can drive the scenic byway or hike any of the numerous trails. Very few cars and people which was great...we could drive at our own pace and enjoy the fresh air and quiet. Saw lots of... More 

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Idaho Falls, Idaho
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 October 2016 via mobile

We visited here on a Thursday (20 October) in October. Fine weather and few visitors. Lots of interesting animals and no rush to move along or out of the main roadway. Got to watch mule deer, wild horses, bison, coyote, and loads of prairie dogs. The most prairie dogs we've seen in any area here in the West. The loop... More 

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Calgary
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 October 2016

A good place to buy you entry fee for the Theodore Roosevelt National Park drive, see his cabin and museum and buy some souvenirs. There are clean bathroom facilities and water fountains to fill your water. The original cabin is situated here along with 2 original TR items -- his writing desk and trunk. Look for the Maltese cross embedded... More 

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Seneca, South Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 October 2016

The Scenic Loop Drive in the South Unit is just breathtaking! The wildly corrugated cliffs, steep, convoluted gullies, dome-shaped hills, the layers of rock and sediment that form multicolored horizontal stripes are spectacular! During our drive we saw lots of prairie dogs, elk, buffalo, deer and several wild horses. Be sure and take time to watch the video in the... More 

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Tucson, Arizona
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 October 2016

This Unit is lovely and majestic. Disappointed that there were no trail brochures for the Coal Vein trail to go w/ markers but on our day there was a huge bison not 10feet from the trail. He munched the grass while we bushwhacked into the grass to give him comfort that we were no threat, and he never even raised... More 

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Spokane, Washington
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 September 2016

I agree with the reviews, that the South Unit may not be as highly dramatic in its scenery as the North Unit, but it's a truly amazing place. The National Park Visitor Center makes a good place to stop and get an overview of the park and the Cottonwood Campground is located in a beautiful area of the park.

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San Francisco, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 September 2016 via mobile

A great place to experience the bad lands without getting eaten by buzzards. You may even see a bison. Easy drive after stopping at the visitor center. Have a good breakfast and bring your water bottles and camera. Stop and walk the nature hikes and take it all in. Experience the stars at night ,

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 September 2016 via mobile

This is a great park and the wildlife abounds. We were up close and personal with Bison from the get go and live the prairie dog towns the most. Beautiful vistas everywhere, sometimes rugged, sometimes peaceful, and slumps are sooo interesting. Make the trip to the north unit too though! We stopped at all 3 visitor centers too. TR, best... More 

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