Plan your Visit to
Theodore Roosevelt National Park
Capturing the Spirit of The American West
The notion of the unbridled American West is one that many people enjoy hearing about, yet never get the chance to experience. Theodore Roosevelt was a man that loved adventure and in 1883 he traveled to North Dakota to experience what it was like to hunt Bison. He claimed his first Bison and from that point on, made North Dakota a regular spot to get away from it all. His love for the area and the ranch built on it inspired the declaration of Theodore Roosevelt National Park in 1978. From then on over a half million visitors each year visit the 70,446 acres of the park to discover where the wild west got its name and reputation from. Today there are many draws to the area for those wanting to step back in time a bit.
When to go
May – June – July – August – September – October
Horseback Riding – Wildlife – Hiking – History – Stunning Vistas – Fishing – Scenic Drives
Take a Hike
Theodore Roosevelt National Park is in an area of the country that is known for being quite extreme in both temperatures as well as terrains, but do not let the thought of these extreme conditions keep you from enjoying the beauty that can be found on one of the many hiking trails throughout the park. There are some national parks that merely allow visitors to meander through the park to discover what they will. The rangers at Theodore Roosevelt National Park want each visitor to enjoy themselves thoroughly, but also know their limits. The hiking trails are designated by time as well as exertion level to help visitors determine if their health is applicable for a specific hike. Whether you are looking for a quick 10-minute stroll to Skyline Vista or are ready for the most rigorous trail and 10 to 12-hour hike to Achenback, you can find it here.
Family Fun Pack
Families visiting Theodore Roosevelt National Park may be visiting for the very first time and therefore not know exactly what to expect. The staff at Theodore Roosevelt National Park have come up with a convenient solution for every family to enjoy. Packing for family trips can leave you ultimately forgetting something that could have made the adventure a lot better, but here at Theodore Roosevelt National Park, you can pick up a Family Fun Pack for your convenience.
The family fun pack is a backpack that contains everything that you need for hiking through the park. Field guides, hand lenses, binoculars, and even activities for the family are contained within the backpack. A photo ID is all that is required to keep the bag for a 24-hour loan. The family fun pack is sure to enhance your already amazing adventure within Theodore Roosevelt National Park.
While staying within Theodore Roosevelt National Park you may begin to feel a bit hungry and if you did not pack what you want to eat, you will be sorely displeased with the amount of available snacks within the park, but there is a solution found within the waters of Little Mo, or what is commonly referred to as the beginning of the Little Missouri River.
Fishing the river may not seem as though it would produce any real results as it is quite muddy most of the time and very shallow in spots, but that is just the type of atmosphere that the blue gill, catfish, and carpsuckers tend to prefer. Fishing in Little Mo can be a great experience for children as the water flow is not too dangerous and the experience to catch their own meal may be just the rugged wilderness excursion they need to keep them from missing their technology back home. Be sure to get the proper permit before fishing in the river. The visitor’s center should be able to help you.
Things to Know
Theodore Roosevelt National Park is one of the national parks that require an entrance fee, but the fee pays for a full 7-days of access to the park, so it is a bargain for families of all sizes. The standard entrance fees are $20 for a passenger vehicle, $15 for motorcycle, and $10 for any individual arriving on foot or non-motorized transportation. The entrance fee can be paid in cash, credit card, traveler’s checks, or personal check.
Camping within Theodore Roosevelt National Park is one of the most enjoyable experiences you can have and they offer a wide variety of campsites to choose from whether you are choosing to camp in an RV or tent camp. The fees are $14 per night and are on a first come first serve basis, so arrive early. The developed campsites have water during the warmer months, but the water sources are turned off during the winter to avoid freezing. The other camping option is backcountry camping. This option is free, but you do have to fill out a permit at the visitor’s center before embarking on your journey.