The park lies in western North Dakota, where the Great Plains meet the rugged Badlands. It was the beauty of lands such as those in Theodore Roosevelt National Park that inspired the president to pursue the preservation of public lands once in office. The summer is the perfect time to take advantage of ranger-led talks, while the winter months create a setting better suited for snowshoeing and cross-country skiing.
A habitat for bison, prairie dogs, and elk, the sprawling park has 3 sections linked by the Little Missouri River. The park is known for the Maltese Cross Cabin, where President Roosevelt once lived, and the South Unit’s colorful Painted Canyon. The Scenic Loop Drive winds past several overlooks and trails.
Painted Canyon Visitor’s Center Address: Exit 32, Belfield, North Dakota 58622
Coordinates: 46.888740, -103.201820