This Travel North Dakota: A Drive through the Badlands post is the third is a 4-part summer 2014 travel series by Kathleen Bunn. She’s a travel blogger who writes about her amazing adventures at Life with 4 Boys.
A Drive Through the Badlands of North Dakota
Not many people are aware that the Badlands extend up to North Dakota. It is a similar misunderstanding that the Badlands found there do not have any grass for vegetation in them either. In reality, nothing could be further from the truth. The Theodore Roosevelt National Park located in Medora, ND, spans 110 square miles divided into the park’s North, South and Elkhorn units. During a brief stay at the South Unit this summer, we quickly learned why the former president of the United States was so drawn to the rugged beauty and wild freedom that this area offers to guests.
Dotted with over-sized dandelions just starting to let their seeds fly in the wind, course prairie grasses and ruts in the clay made by passing bison, it is as though time as stood still here. Here in a land that has been almost untouched by civilization and preserved for over a hundred years.
Google Map – Theodore Roosevelt National Park
Take a drive down the Scenic Loop Trail in the park’s South Unit, and stop to watch prairie dogs at play in the Prairie dog town. Pull off and gaze in wonder at the beauty at one of the many scenic overlooks, and don’t pass up a chance to catch a bison traffic jam. Inch forward as they stare just inches from your window, and marvel at the might of these wild creatures. It is this, experiences like this, that make you feel as though you are back in the Wild West, wild and free with not a care in the world.
Savor that moment, hold it close, because in a few hours, when you finish the drive and return to reality, you will wish you had it back.
Travel North Dakota: A Drive through the Badlands – Where to Stay:
Make a weekend trip of it, and book a campsite at the Cottonwood campground in the park’s South Unit. Sites are rustic and the facilities aren’t the cleanest, but it gets you close to the beauty that lies further within the park, so it is worth the nightly camping fee.
Have you traveled North Dakota? What would you recommend seeing on our next visit?