Sunday, September 19, 2010
T. Roosevelt National Park
On day three of our stay in Medora, the weather broke enough to allow us to take the 39 mile scenic drive in the south unit of the T. Roosevelt National Park. This area preserves land that Teddy Roosevelt truly loved. He was the first president that could be called a conservationist. He recognized the need to protect some of the rugged land for future generations.
The park contains a large portion of the North Dakota Badlands. This name was derived from what the native tribes called the land. The most prominent animals in the park are buffalo, deer, antelope, wild horses and prairie dogs. We did see all of these, although most at some distance. Some did their best to hide, but I managed to get a picture anyways. Based on the large amounts of residue on the roads, it was clear that the buffalo used the roadways for travel and apparently their favorite place to relief themselves.
The stark landscapes were stunning and beautiful. While the park does not have the diversity of Yellowstone, it is definitely a must see.