What Is There to Do at Theodore Roosevelt National Park?


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Activities at Theodore Roosevelt National Park include visiting the Painted Canyon Overlook, touring the Petrified Forest Loop and horseback riding through Peaceful Valley. Other things to do include camping, driving the Scenic Loop, participating in Ranger Programs and visiting the Maltese Cross Ranch Cabin.

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The Painted Canyon Overlook offers views of a desert landscape with petrified wood and rock formations, and features a small museum and picnic areas. It is located east of Medora, North Dakota, and is a popular stop for visitors wishing to view the topography of North Dakota's Badlands.

The Petrified Forest Loop is a 16-mile scenic drive in the South Unit of the park. Visitors can also hike among the stumps of petrified wood.

Peaceful Valley was built as a horse ranch in 1885. Until 2014, visitors could rent horses to ride through the valley. As of 2016, those wishing to ride horses must supply their own. The area is home to a variety of wildlife, including the American Bison.

The park offers many Ranger Programs, including guided tours of Roosevelt's Maltese Cross Cabin and evening campfire programs where park rangers lead in-depth discussions about the park's attractions.

The Scenic Loop is a 36-mile scenic drive that offers signs that explain some of the park's historical and natural features.

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