Sunday, August 11—Theodore Roosevelt National Park, South Unit

Yesterday, we drove through the North Unit of Theodore Roosevelt National Park. We immediately saw wild turkeys, and as we drove further bison crowded the road, stopping traffic. And on the way out, Big Horn Sheep were feeding along the scenic drive. 

The North Dakota Badlands in and around Theodore Roosevelt National Park are not as pronounced as the Badlands of South Dakota, but still provide beautiful landscapes. The Little Missouri River provides a scenic backdrop from the high viewing spots along the road.

We’ve seen more prairie dogs and prairie dog towns in Theodore Roosevelt National Park than anywhere we’ve visited. These are Black-tailed Prairie Dogs. They were seemingly everywhere, busy as could be.

Also, we both saw our first wild horses. A long hike to the original, but now unused, Visitors’ Center provided an opportunity to photograph a small group in the distance. Further along the road, there were horses atop a hill, overlooking the gawking visitors. And, of course, American bison could be seen throughout the NP.

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