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Start your new year with a free visit to Theodore Roosevelt National Park. Free admission and free camping will be offered from January 14 through 16 to commemorate Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.

Welcome to Theodore Roosevelt National Park

Theodore Roosevelt was the nation's 26th President and is considered by many to have been our country's "Conservationist President." Here in the North Dakota badlands, where many of his personal concerns first gave rise to his later environmental efforts, Roosevelt is remembered with a national park that bears his name and honors the memory of this great conservationist.


Winter in Theodore Roosevelt National Park

The winter climate in western North Dakota is cold with occasional warming spells. Between December and February, average highs are in the 20s and 30s with average lows in the single digits. Temperatures vary wildly, and are often much warmer or colder than the average. Low temperatures commonly dip well below zero. Roads may be closed due to snow, but snowshoeing and skiing is a wonderful way to explore the park in winter.


Wildlife Viewing

Many watchable wildlife species inhabit Theodore Roosevelt National Park including bison, elk, prairie dogs, white-tail and mule deer, sharp-tailed grouse, golden eagles, feral horses, and pronghorns



Theodore Roosevelt said the badlands were "so fantastically broken in form and so bizarre in color as to seem hardly properly to belong to this earth." Discover the "grim fairyland" of Theodore Roosevelt National Park's geologic formations.


Theodore Roosevelt Social Media

Theodore Roosevelt National Park is experimenting with new ways to bring the park experience to visitors. We are currently using Twitter and Facebook and exploring additional ways for you to explore the park. This is an attempt to help you connect with Theodore Roosevelt National Park and to meet you where you are at, and where you expect us to be.


Write to

PO Box 7
Medora, ND 58645

E-mail Us


Visitor Information - South Unit Visitor Center
(701) 623-4730 ext. 3417

Visitor Information - North Unit Visitor Center
(701) 842-2333


(701) 623-4840


Theodore Roosevelt National Park has a semi-arid Northern Great Plains climate.

Summers are warm with high temperatures in the 80s and 90s with occasional days in the 100s. Summer evenings can be cool with average lows in the 50s.  Average annual precipitation is 15 inches.

Winters are cold and windy with brief warming spells.  Average highs are in the 20s and 30s and average lows are in the single digits.  Snowfall averages 30 inches per year.
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The Little Missouri River has carved the badlands over the last 600,000 years.

Did You Know?
The Little Missouri River began to carve the badlands about 600,000 years ago during the Pleistocene Epoch. The river formerly ran to Hudson Bay, but the glaciers diverted it into the Missouri River.

Last Updated: January 10, 2012 at 12:35 MST


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