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Theodore Roosevelt National Park, ND

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Theodore Roosevelt National Park

Theodore Roosevelt National Park RV Vacations

Enjoy an rv vacation to Theodore Roosevelt National Park - a lovely place with prairie lands, beautiful canyons and rivers and rugged badlands.



This is your opportunity to enjoy a park that honors a famous U.S. President and see a diverse landscape. An RV vacation here is ideal, with plenty of camping available in the park and reasonable entrance fees.


When you come in your RV motorhome, you will pay a fee of $10 which is valid for seven days. This means that you can spend some time here to see all there is to see and relax with some wonderful outdoor activities.


RV Camping within the Park


There are two campgrounds that accommodate RVs. Neither campground has hookups. All spaces are available on a first-come, first-served basis. 


Cottonwood Campground - South Unit 

  • Open all year
  • Pull-through and back-in sites
  • Fees are $10 per night, $5 October through mid-May
  • Flush toilets during the main visitor season, pit toilet year-round
  • Spigots provide drinking water
  • Public dump station available in Medora near the park entrance
  • No hookups

Juniper Campground - North Unit 

  • Open all year
  • Pull-through and back-in sites
  • Fees are $10 per night, $5 October through mid-May
  • Flush toilets during the main visitor season, pit toilet year-round
  • Spigots provide drinking water
  • Dump station during the main visitor season
  • No hookups


On Your First Visit to the Park


See the bison roaming the grasslands, with birds of all shapes and sizes flitting here and there. Wander the woodlands of junipers and hike the dry slopes in the badlands. There is a lot to see and do here. You should allow plenty of time to explore and get your fill of this marvelous park.


Many love to learn the history of the region. For instance, the Long X Trail was the route cattlemen used to take cattle to Montana. The trail passed through the North Unit of the park and there even exists a small herd of longhorn steers so you can see the living history of the park.


Wildlife is abundant. Besides bison, you will see elk, feral horses, mule and white-tail deer and pronghorn. Laugh at the antics of the prairie dogs.  Birders love to try and spot as many of the 186 species of birds as they can. See if you can find a cedar or bohemian waxwing, an American robin or a Townsend's solitaire in your travels.


The junipers attract many birds as these winged creatures love the small berries. The hardwood forests are also a sight to see. Enjoy seeing the box elder, cottonwoods and green ash, while looking for the porcupines or white-tailed deer that come to these larger trees for the vegetation that grows beneath them.


If you don’t want to go on a hiking adventure alone, you can always take part in one of the guided walks with a park ranger. You will learn a lot about the park and the fauna and flora. The short ranger talks given are also a favorite of all ages. The evening campfire programs are a special way to enjoy the natural and cultural history of Theodore Roosevelt National Park. You can even explore the badlands guided by a park ranger so you can experience some of the more remote areas.


Things to Do


South Unit:

  • Scenic Loop Drive – drive this paved route and enjoy the pullouts with interpretive signs to explain features you are viewing.
  • South Unit Visitor Center – you can visit the museum, see a movie and find out more about Theodore Roosevelt in the badlands.
  • Roosevelt's Maltese Cross Cabin – this was Roosevelt’s first ranch home and is open for viewing. It is located at the South Unit Visitor Center.
  • Painted Canyon Visitor Center – come here to stand on the rim of an incredible overlook. Get panoramic views of the badlands.


Elkhorn Ranch Unit: This was the site of Roosevelt’s home in the badlands. Although the buildings do not exist anymore, you can read fascinating interpretive panels that express Roosevelt’s own thoughts about this area.


North Unit: 

  • North Unit Visitor Center – here you will find an informative movie and interesting exhibits. You will also be able to get more information about trail conditions for your hiking adventures.
  • Scenic Drive – leave from the Oxbow Overlook and drive fourteen miles, stopping at each turnout along the way. There are a number of hiking trails where you can stop and get out and stretch. Some are self-guiding nature trails.

Where to Find More Information


Visit the Theodore Roosevelt National Park website for more information and to enhance your visit. You can also find out about highway conditions and if there is road construction at the North Dakota Travel Information site. Learn about more historic sites and museums to visit at the North Dakota Travel & Tourism site. Need the latest weather report? Find it at the Western North Dakota Weather website.


El Monte RV Locations near Theodore Roosevelt National Park


One of the best trips is to drive from Denver, Colorado north to North Dakota. You can fly into Denver International Airport (DEN), pick up your RV motorhome rental at our El Monte RV location in Louviers and head to Theodore Roosevelt National Park. You can call us at (888) 337-2214 for directions and we will even help you plan your trip.



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