Theodore Roosevelt National Park, North Dakota

When Theodore Roosevelt came to Dakota Territory to hunt bison in 1883, he was a skinny, young, spectacled dude from New York. He could not have imagined how his adventure in this remote and unfamiliar place would forever alter the course of the nation. The rugged landscape and strenuous life that TR experienced here would help shape a conservation policy that we still benefit from today.

Theodore Roosevelt National Park Info


Theodore Roosevelt National Park

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Implement Prescribed Fires in the North Unit

The National Park Service plans to implement prescribed fire projects in the Park’s North Unit on Thursday, May 9.

Section of South Unit Scenic Loop Drive Closed Indefinitely

A 4.5 mile section of the Scenic Loop Drive in the South Unit of Theodore Roosevelt National Park is closed to motor vehicles indefinitely due to erosion failure.

Fuels Reduction at Theodore Roosevelt National Park

The National Park Service plans to implement a fuels reduction project in Theodore Roosevelt National Park.

Autumn Road Construction Schedule in Theodore Roosevelt National Park's South Unit

In order to accommodate the busy Labor Day weekend, the road construction in the South Unit of Theodore Roosevelt National Park will temporarily change.

Theodore Roosevelt National Park Photos

Painted Canyon

FluvannaCountyBirder754 posted a photo:

Painted Canyon

While I will get back to posting birds, I thought I'd put up this landscape for a bit of a change.

The Painted Canyon overlook, in the southern unit of Theodore Roosevelt National Park, sits right along the main highway very soon after it enters the badlands. Here, I found my lifer lazul1 bunt1ng just by getting out of the car and listening, and I spent awhile shooting landscapes. This photo doesn't quite convey the apparent depth of the canyon you can see in person, but for a sense of scale, compare the trees on the top with the ones on the canyon floor.

An interesting tidbit of information about the park: the north unit is in central time, while the southern unit is in mountain time. Both are at similar longitudes, right near the ND-MT border; and both remain very far from the mountains themselves.

Black-tailed Prairie Dog

FluvannaCountyBirder754 posted a photo:

Black-tailed Prairie Dog

I'll let this upload be my first from a recent trip to the north-central US, including parts of North Dakota.

I have currently lost most photos from the trip, so I can't guarantee the volume of content that I'll post, but here's a shot from the westernmost site I visited, Theodore Roosevelt National Park in North Dakota. This park protects the badlands near their border with the prairie, and is one of the best locations anywhere to see black-tailed prairie dogs, which inhabit a town very near the main road.

Bison in a Dust Cloud

tomblandford posted a photo:

Bison in a Dust Cloud

The young bull in the background had just finished his morning dust bath, leaving a cloud of dust in the air. The cow and calf seemed not to notice, or care. If you look closely you'll notice that both the cow and young bull have broken or deformed right horns.
Taken in Theodore Roosevelt National Park, North Dakota.

Another Ancient Tree

tomblandford posted a photo:

Another Ancient Tree

The last three days I've posted images of some pretty old trees. Reminded me that I had this shot from a few years ago that I'd been intending to post someday.
Believe it or not, this is another sequoia tree. This one is petrified and found in Theodore Roosevelt National Park.
From the North Dakota Geological Survey: "These trees are related to the modern Sequoia; some stumps are up to 12 feet in diameter. The stumps are still upright in the place where they grew 55 MILLION years ago in a coastal floodplain environment".
Tomorrow I'll move on from my short tree obsession.

Badlands 01

Daniel auf Weltreise posted a photo:

Badlands 01

Der Theodore-Roosevelt-Nationalpark ist ein Nationalpark in den USA. Er besteht aus durch Erosion geprägten Landschaften (Ödland, Badlands) und Prärie im Westen von Nord-Dakota und ist entlang des Flusses Little Missouri in drei Teile getrennt.

Neben der außergewöhnlichen Landschaft wurde der Nationalpark auch zu Ehren von Theodore Roosevelt eingerichtet, dem 26. Präsidenten der Vereinigten Staaten, der im Parkgebiet eine Ranch unterhielt.

Der am 10. November 1978 gegründete Nationalpark ist 285 km² groß. Die zwei Hauptteile sind etwa 130 km voneinander entfernt. In einer etwas abgelegenen Sektion des Parks liegen die Überreste der 1884 von Theodore Roosevelt aufgebauten Elkhorn Ranch. Die drei Teile des Parks sind von der Prärie des Little Missouri National Grassland umgeben.

In den 1950er Jahren wurde der Amerikanische Bison wieder in der Region angesiedelt. Außerdem leben Mustangs, Gabelböcke, Präriehunde und Kojoten im Park. Die Zahl der Mustangs wird durch das Fangen überzähliger Tiere auf einem konstanten Bestand von etwa 70 bis 110 Tieren gehalten. Die Zahl der Bisons wird ebenfalls reguliert. Man beschränkt den Bestand auf 200–400 Tiere im Südteil und 100–300 im Nordteil. Als Teil der Szenerie, die Theodore Roosevelt so schätzte, wird eine Herde von Longhorn-Rindern gehalten.

Theodore Roosevelt wurde aufgrund seiner Erfahrungen und Erlebnisse in der Region, beispielsweise der starken Dezimierung des Bisons und den Folgen von Überweidung, ein Anhänger des Naturschutzes. Er gründete während seiner Präsidentschaft 5 Nationalparks, 18 National Monuments, 51 National Wildlife Refuges und den US Forest Service mit 108 Nationalforsten.

Hiking the Badlands

McKenzie County posted a photo:

Hiking the Badlands

Tourism, McKenzie County, North Dakota, McKenzie County, Badlands

Northern Lights over the Little Missouri River

McKenzie County posted a photo:

Northern Lights over the Little Missouri River

Northern Lights over the Little Missouri River in Theodore Roosevelt National Park. Public Domain image, no credit needed

Layer Upon Layer with the Badlands of Theodore Roosevelt National Park

thor_mark  posted a photo:

Layer Upon Layer with the Badlands of Theodore Roosevelt National Park

A Changing Landscape While Standing at River Bend Overlook (Theodore Roosevelt National Park)

thor_mark  posted a photo:

A Changing Landscape While Standing at River Bend Overlook (Theodore Roosevelt National Park)

A wide angle image captured with a view looking to the southwest across a landscape that included badlands, high riverbanks and bluffs, eroded buttes, prairie grasses and groves of trees, along with that little sliver of blue from the Little Missouri River. I felt angling my Nikon SLR camera slightly downward created a much better image with a sweeping view that one's eyes could slowly move across, as well as adding a sense of depth across this landscape.

Multicolored Layered Across a Badlands Landscape (Theodore Roosevelt National Park)

thor_mark  posted a photo:

Multicolored Layered Across a Badlands Landscape (Theodore Roosevelt National Park)

A view looking to the north at Slump Block Pullout. With this image I worked the focal length to zoom in to this one section of the formations with the many colors and layers present. This was a stop that I wanted to make in the North Unit after seeing images on other photographer's sites. Metering the image was the just a matter of adjusting the shutter speed given the bright sunlight in those late morning hours.

A Fold Across the Earth and a Lone Tree Up Top (Theodore Roosevelt National Park)

thor_mark  posted a photo:

A Fold Across the Earth and a Lone Tree Up Top (Theodore Roosevelt National Park)

What drew me into this setting and image captured was a few things. I was heading back from the Oxbow Overlook while enjoying the prairie grass views with bison roaming about. It was then that I came across this fold in the land that had what amounted to a draw and spur across this hillside. There was this grove of trees that just seemed to follow the curve of the earth as it headed up the hillside to my front. The next thing that drew me into this image was the lone tree up top. Across much is the landscape in this part of the national park, a lot of it was prairie grasses that stretched off to a far distant horizon. Here though was that one tree seemingly standing on that hilltop all by itself. I then worked the angles to best compose and capture both the fold in the earth as well as the tree with just a little bit of blue skies above to compliment the setting and complete the image.

As Far as the Eye Can See

dan@propeakphotography.com posted a photo:

As Far as the Eye Can See

Montana may officially be "Big Sky Country", but most of the Great Plains provide unfettered views as far as the eye can see.

The Painted Canyon Overlook along Interstate 94 in North Dakota entreats visitors to a view of the South Unit of Theodore Roosevelt National Park. If the curvature of the earth allowed, one could see all the way to the mining town of Williston, 85 miles to the North. As someone who has lived in cities and suburbia along the coasts of this country and around the world, it's amazing to see such a broad expense of land and sky - in some places a 360° horizon at the limit of the human eye's focal distance.

The media has taken to referring to this country as "fly-over" country, because with lower airfares, most people tend to fly from coast to coast rather than take the long drives that people did in the middle 20th century, but I think you would do well to take the time and visit this part of America, because it has plenty to offer...and despite the sign, here, a real sense of stability abounds.

Mare and foal

Stanley Wood posted a photo:

Mare and foal

We found this wild mare and her foal in Theodore Roosevelt National Park.

Morning Light Across the Little Missouri River at Oxbow Overlook (Theodore Roosevelt National Park)

thor_mark  posted a photo:

Morning Light Across the Little Missouri River at Oxbow Overlook (Theodore Roosevelt National Park)

With this image, I wanted to kind of take that step back, so to speak, and stand with a wide-eyed look to this impressive view in the North Unit of Theodore Roosevelt National Park. My feeling was to pull back on the focal length and then angle my Nikon SLR camera slightly downward, capturing more of a sweeping look across this landscape with its badlands, groves of trees, tall bluffs of riverbanks, and the Little Missouri River itself. Above all that would be morning sunlight shinning down from above.

Theodore-Roosevelt National Park - Felsen

Daniel auf Weltreise posted a photo:

Theodore-Roosevelt National Park - Felsen

Der Theodore-Roosevelt-Nationalpark ist ein Nationalpark in den USA. Er besteht aus durch Erosion geprägten Landschaften (Ödland, Badlands) und Prärie im Westen von Nord-Dakota und ist entlang des Flusses Little Missouri in drei Teile getrennt.

Neben der außergewöhnlichen Landschaft wurde der Nationalpark auch zu Ehren von Theodore Roosevelt eingerichtet, dem 26. Präsidenten der Vereinigten Staaten, der im Parkgebiet eine Ranch unterhielt.

Der am 10. November 1978 gegründete Nationalpark ist 285 km² groß. Die zwei Hauptteile sind etwa 130 km voneinander entfernt. In einer etwas abgelegenen Sektion des Parks liegen die Überreste der 1884 von Theodore Roosevelt aufgebauten Elkhorn Ranch. Die drei Teile des Parks sind von der Prärie des Little Missouri National Grassland umgeben.

In den 1950er Jahren wurde der Amerikanische Bison wieder in der Region angesiedelt. Außerdem leben Mustangs, Gabelböcke, Präriehunde und Kojoten im Park. Die Zahl der Mustangs wird durch das Fangen überzähliger Tiere auf einem konstanten Bestand von etwa 70 bis 110 Tieren gehalten. Die Zahl der Bisons wird ebenfalls reguliert. Man beschränkt den Bestand auf 200–400 Tiere im Südteil und 100–300 im Nordteil. Als Teil der Szenerie, die Theodore Roosevelt so schätzte, wird eine Herde von Longhorn-Rindern gehalten.

Theodore Roosevelt wurde aufgrund seiner Erfahrungen und Erlebnisse in der Region, beispielsweise der starken Dezimierung des Bisons und den Folgen von Überweidung, ein Anhänger des Naturschutzes. Er gründete während seiner Präsidentschaft 5 Nationalparks, 18 National Monuments, 51 National Wildlife Refuges und den US Forest Service mit 108 Nationalforsten.

Buffalo

rich0234 posted a photo:

Buffalo

Biking the Badlands

McKenzie County posted a photo:

Biking the Badlands

Tourism, McKenzie County, North Dakota, McKenzie County, Badlands

Badlands and Eroded Buttes in Theodore Roosevelt National Park

thor_mark  posted a photo:

Badlands and Eroded Buttes in Theodore Roosevelt National Park

I captured this image not long after parking my rental and walking around the Oxbow Overlook. I got the idea for working angles and adjusting focal lengths to show how less is often more from an article i'd read about on a Digital Photography School posting. For this image, I zoomed into a portion of some nearby badlands along the bluffs of the Little Missouri River area. I felt zooming into this area brought out a more focused view to give a feeling that these badlands stretched all around. I could still capture some of that sense of grandeur by angling my Nikon SLR camera slightly downward, letting the eye slowly sweep across this setting and landscape of Theodore Roosevelt National Park.

Bison

McKenzie County posted a photo:

Bison

Bison. Credit North Dakota Tourism

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