Theodore Roosevelt National Park By: Madison sloan and eric mcree

Theodore Roosevelt National Park in North Dakota

Founder: President Truman to honor Theodore Roosevelt

History of Development: As a memorial park, it was the only one of its kind in the National Park System. Eventually, the land was recognized for its diverse cultural and natural resources. On November 10, 1978, the area was given national park status when President Carter signed Public Law 95-625 that changed the memorial park to Theodore Roosevelt National Park.

Visitor Statistics

Friends of Theodore Roosevelt National Park's mission is to support the natural, cultural, and scenic resources, and the spirit and sense of place of the three units of Theodore Roosevelt National Park and the Little Missouri River that unites them in the badlands of North Dakota. This will be accomplished by advocating for the park, raising public awareness, engaging youth, and raising funds for projects that support the park's mission and Theodore Roosevelt's conservation legacy.

The region is very diverse. From forests to prairies and grasslands. It also has rivers, streams, springs, seeps, glaciers, food plains and different geological formations.

The park covers 70,446 acres of land in three sections: the North Unit, the South Unit, and the Elkhorn Ranch Unit. The park's larger South Unit lies alongside Interstate 94 near Medora, North Dakota.

Summers are warm with average high temperatures in the 70s and 80s, May through September. Winters are cold with average lows in the single digits December through February. Wind is year-round. The park receives an average of 15 inches of precipitation per year. Violent thunderstorms can occur in the summer, and blizzard conditions may occur in the winter.

There are many different forms in the park. Sandstone shields the underlying clay from rain erosion, sometimes forming pillars with caprocks in the first picture. Rivers and streams carve through the soft bentonite clay in the second picture. Petrified wood remains from the badlands' swampy history in the third picture. Relatively hard porcelanite, or "scoria," tops many of the buttes because it is more resistant to erosion than the softer clays in the fourth picture.

Wild life

American bison and the black-tailed prairie dog are relatively easy to spot. Others such as big horn sheep or elk are more difficult to find, due to their behaviors and/or preferred hours of activity. Feral horses,and longhorn steers are also found in president Roosevelt's park.


Created with images by Ramanathan.Kathiresan - "Bison - Close up - Wildlife Photography"

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