Painted Canyon – Scenic Views of North Dakota’s Badlands

Painted Canyon Rest Area, North Dakota.

At the edge of Theodore Roosevelt National Park, in the North Dakota Badlands, I-94 carries travelers toward or away from Montana. If you are traveling this route, even only passing through, you owe yourself a stop at mile marker 32, the Painted Canyon Rest Area. From high on the scenic overlook, you will get a commanding view of the National Park that may just encourage you to delay your destination and visit the park. Continue reading

Seven-Day Nature Challenge – Day 6

Theodore Roosevelt National Park - In Honor of a President

Theodore Roosevelt National Park, North Dakota.

For my day 6 challenge post, let’s go back to August, 2015. Not so long ago, we visited Theodore Roosevelt National Park in western North Dakota. On our previous visits to the park, the herds of wild horses were always elusive, clearly visible only through my longest telephoto lenses. Continue reading

Theodore Roosevelt National Park – In Honor of a President

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Medora, North Dakota

It was only two years ago since we last visited North Dakota’s national park. Though we saw lots of wildlife on that trip, with the exception of getting up close and personal with one bison, most of the wildlife was quite a distance. This year, the park residents were much closer to the 30-mile (48-km) scenic drive. We spent the morning there under hazy skies. Continue reading

Theodore Roosevelt National Park – North Dakota’s Connection to the Presidency

View from Painted Canyon Rest Area

Medora, North Dakota

“When Theodore Roosevelt came to Dakota Territory to hunt bison in 1883, he was a skinny, young, spectacled dude from New York. He could not have imagined how his adventure in this remote and unfamiliar place would forever alter the course of the nation. Continue reading