Theodore Roosevelt National Park surprised me in many ways. It was beautiful, lush and full of wildlife!
Many credit Theodore Roosevelt, our 26th President, with being the biggest influencer of land conservation in our country. In all, Roosevelt placed approximately 230 million acres of the US under protection. It was here, in the Badlands of North Dakota, that Roosevelt escaped to after the loss of his wife and Mother (on the same day). He spent years living the life of a ranger and saw how humans were affecting both land and wildlife. We were able to tour his one of his cabins that he lived in during this time.
It was here that we saw more wildlife than at any other park! We saw wild horses, a coyote, bison, mule deer, a badger, and lots and lots of prairie dogs!
the prairie dogs were so fun to watch
not a great picture but this is the badger
We were only able to visit the South Unit on this trip, but I would definitely like to come back to visit the North Unit and Elkhorn Unit. We drove along the Scenic Loop Drive and stopped and hiked the various trails along the way.
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