the other Badlands

The Badlands of North Dakota are best seen in Theodore Roosevelt National Park. Unfortunately smoky wind from Canadian wildfires obscured the distant views, but the panoramas were indeed spectacular with their multi-layered bands of sediments.

One of many spectacular views

One of many spectacular views

The park is named for the man who came to western North Dakota to recover from the deaths of his wife and mother, and subsequently became an ardent advocate for the healing powers of life in the outdoors.  Through his conservation efforts as President by establishing preserves, national parks, forests, and monuments, Roosevelt protected 230 million acres of land for future generations of Americans to enjoy the natural wonders of the outdoors as he had.

Theodore Roosevelt National Park, North Dakota

The Little Missouri runs around the buttes in a circuitous course.

Driving  through the park, you’re likely to see a variety of wildlife.

Prairie dogs

A couple of young prairie dogs played the “copy me” game.

magpies and prairie dog

A Magpie fed its young while a prairie dog looked on.

Bighorn sheep

A young Bighorn sheep grazed by the side of the road

Upland sandpiper

An Upland Sandpiper scoped out a grassy meadow from a post

“We have become great because of the lavish use of our resources. But the time has come to inquire seriously what will happen when our forests are gone, when the coal, the iron, the oil, and the gas are exhausted, when the soils have still further impoverished and washed into the streams, polluting the rivers, denuding the fields and obstructing navigation.” Theodore Roosevelt

9 thoughts on “the other Badlands

  1. Great photos Sue. We have never actually stopped there, though we have been to the South Dakota Badlands a few times. It really looks like an interesting place to visit.

    • Definitely worth a visit — I recommended it to lots of people who thought the only Badlands were in South Dakota. I actually prefer the ones in North Dakota now.

  2. Awesome. Exactly two years ago, I solo camped at this park and watch the Medora Musical! I couldn’t forget the stamping sound of wild horses toward my tent at 2 am in the morning. A t-storm and lightning must have freightened them and my tent site was in their trail! I did love the most quiet NP.

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