Theodore Roosevelt National Park, ND

Tons of bison, fields teeming with prairie dogs and badlands formations are found in the Theodore Roosevelt NP, which has two locations separated by about 60 mi. The North unit is more remote and less visited.

Buffalo everywhere

Buffalo everywhere

Some badlands formations

Some badlands formations

North Unit
The air was smoky when we arrived at the North unit. Park Services were doing a controlled burn on the dry vegetation in the park. We got up and close to the burned ground on the Little Mo Nature trail.

Smoky fields

Smoky fields

Burned grass on the Little Mo Nature Trail

Burned grass on the Little Mo Nature Trail

Cannonball Concretion pullout provides an easy access to these interesting rock formations.

Cannonball concretion

Cannonball concretion

Cannonball concretion

Cannonball concretion

View of the Little Mo river

View of the Little Mo river

South Unit
We arrived at the South Unit in the evening when the wildlife started to come out to play. I haven’t seen so many prairie dogs in my life. Their dwellings are spread over large areas of prairie.

Prairie dog, which is really a rodent. So a more appropriate name would be prairie rat :)

Prairie dog, which is really a rodent. So a more appropriate name would be prairie rat :)

Field of prairie dogs

Field of prairie dogs

The bison are numerous as well. They seem so docile and laid back, but I wouldn’t risk getting to close to them. Their imposing size could be very damaging and there are signs throughout the park warning about the wild buffalo.

This one crossed the road slowly in front of our car

This one crossed the road slowly in front of our car

Herd of bison out for dinner

Herd of bison out for dinner

Wind Canyon trail is a great spot for sunset overlooking the Little Missouri river.

Wind Canyon trail overlook

Wind Canyon trail overlook

Hiking the Wind Canyon trail to watch the sunset

Hiking the Wind Canyon trail to watch the sunset

Sage bushes everywhere

Sage bushes everywhere

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