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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News

National Park Tourism in North Dakota Creates $56.7 Million in Economic Benefits

New report shows visitor spending supports 643 jobs in North Dakota.

Annual Dakota Nights Astronomy Festival to be held at Theodore Roosevelt National Park and Historic Medora

Theodore Roosevelt National Park and the town of Historic Medora invite inquiring minds of all ages to attend the sixth annual Dakota Nights Astronomy Festival Friday, September 7 through Sunday, September 9. Join park rangers, astronomers, and space enthusiasts of all types to celebrate North Dakota’s beautiful night skies.

Theodore Roosevelt National Park to Celebrate National Park Week

The staff of Theodore Roosevelt National Park invites everyone to celebrate National Park Week, April 21 through April 29.

Theodore Roosevelt National Park Photos

Blue Skies with Clouds and Badlands in a Late Afternoon Light (South Unit, Theodore Roosevelt National Park)

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Blue Skies with Clouds and Badlands in a Late Afternoon Light (South Unit, Theodore Roosevelt National Park)

I got the idea for exploring this part of the national park from another photographer and seeing his images of this setting in the Dakotas. I was walking back and found myself on a slight rise along the trail in Painted Canyon with a look to the southeast. This was looking to an area and part of the hike I'd walked earlier in the afternoon and was now returning to finish. With the high canyon walls, it helped to bring out that sense of depth with the eroded buttes and hillsides all around. While not a wide angle view, I still felt the image captured that look to draw a person in and want to continue walking away with eyes wide open to soak in the views. I later used some CEP filters (Low Key, Polarization and Graduated Neutral Density) which seemed to best bring out this look with the mid afternoon sunlight.

Eroded Pedestal Formations (South Unit)

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Eroded Pedestal Formations (South Unit)

An idea I got from another photographer while planning this trip to the Dakotas area and national parks. This was while walking down into Painted Canyon in the South Unit of Theodore Roosevelt National Park. I'd recognize seeing them in other spots, but the backdrop of this canyon wall seemed to best complement the colors and shapes for the final image.

Community Life in Prairie Dog Town (Theodore Roosevelt National Park)

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Community Life in Prairie Dog Town (Theodore Roosevelt National Park)

After capturing a few wider angle images with my Nikkor 24-120mm lens, I decided to pull out my Tamron 150-600mm to focus in and capture some prairie dogs up close. For the most part, it was a matter of observing them and finding times they seemed to gather together. Here was a capture of two on this one mound not to far from my roadside location. They were definitely quite observant and chatty, using seemingly all sorts of sounds with distressed squeaks, chirps, and calls. In this image captured, they seemed both vigilant and relaxed as they soaked in the light and warmth of the morning sun.

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Parc national Theodore Roosevelt

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Parc national Theodore Roosevelt

Cote : 2FP00134USAE0042
Fonds : Fonds Robert Garry – P0175
Photographe : Robert Garry
Date et lieu de création : [196-].
Mesures et médium : Photographie : diapositive couleur; 5 x 5 cm.
Description : Photographie prise par le géographe Robert Garry illustrant un paysage du parc national Theodore Roosevelt situé dans l’État du Dakota du Nord aux États-Unis.

coyote in Theodore Roosevelt National Park

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coyote in Theodore Roosevelt National Park

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Wild and Beautiful

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Wild and Beautiful

A stunning wild stallion grazed among the silvery sage in the south unit of Theodore Roosevelt National Park in North Dakota.

band stallion Teton

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band stallion Teton

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painted canyon

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painted canyon

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painted canyon

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painted canyon

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black tailed prairie dogs in the evening sun

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black tailed prairie dogs in the evening sun

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June and Helios

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June and Helios

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Teepee

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Teepee

a mare in Teton's band in Theodore Roosevelt National Park

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pronghorns in Theodore Roosevelt National Park

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pronghorns in Theodore Roosevelt National Park

Look closely for the coyote!

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Washington

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Washington

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Winter along the Little Missouri

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Winter along the Little Missouri

Winter in the Little Missouri River badlands is a harsh combination of frozen water, snow, wind and frequently leaden skies. It is often extreme cold and months of "brown"... The flipside of the single growing season makes one appreciate the beauty that bursts forth during the fewer months of "green". Winter here is also not witnessed by many outside of North Dakota, though it does have its own beauty if one looks sufficiently close.

This is another of my archived .raw files from Theodore Roosevelt National Park's north unit, situated off the beaten path on the west side of US85 about 15 miles south of Watford City, North Dakota. I often opted for warmth over shooting in the extreme cold but I must admit, I can cope with the dry cold in the Dakotas far more easily than I can the humid/wet cold of the South. Dressed to keep the wind from robbing myself of heat, I did venture out frequently during the winter months to shoot in the region and miss it to this day.

Ruby, Kala, and their magpie

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Ruby, Kala, and their magpie

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bachelor stallion Trooper

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bachelor stallion Trooper

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Being born is exhausting!

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Being born is exhausting!

Ruby's filly Hera at one morning old, in Theodore Roosevelt National Park

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Sedimentary

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Sedimentary

The badlands of the Little Missouri River are filled with sedimentary formations and layers such as these examples from Theodore Roosevelt National Park's south unit near Medora, North Dakota. This is an early spring image from my archives (4-20-2016).