Theodore Roosevelt National Park encompasses a total area of about 70,000 acres of land that is located in both McKenzie County and in Billings County in the state of North Dakota. The park is comprised of two main units, the South Unit and the North Unit which are separated by about 70 miles of road (the I-94 and the US 85).
The North Unit entrance can be accessed through the US 85 about 16 miles south of Watford City. The South Unit entrance and visitor center which are in Medora (and about 135 miles west of Bismarck) can be accessed through the I-94 (using Exits 23 and 27).
The Theodore Roosevelt National Park was named in honor of President Theodore Roosevelt who went to the Dakota region to hunt bison in 1883. His experience during this expedition served to shape his views and direct the conservation policy of the country to this day.
Attractions that make this park a special place to visit include the 120-mile Maah Daah Hey Trail that connects the two park units. You will also get to see one of the largest petrified forests in the country along with extensive paleontological deposits from the Paleocene era. Additionally, you will get to experience the scenic badlands along the Little Missouri River.
Besides these unique features, you can also get to enjoy several recreational activities in the park like hiking, camping, horseback riding, kayaking, boating, wildlife viewing, fishing, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, interpretive programs, and auto touring.
If you have a dog, you can also bring them into the park with you, but you will need to keep a few rules in mind if you want to enjoy your stay in the park. Some of the main rules include always ensuring that you collect your dog’s poop and that you discard it in the right manner.
Ensuring that you keep your dog leashed at all times and that the dog’s leash is no longer than six feet in length. Additionally, it is important to be informed about the areas of the Theodore Roosevelt National Park that you can visit with your pooch.
Dogs are specifically not allowed on trails and around (or inside) park buildings. As long as you keep your dog on a leash, you are, however, allowed to take your dog along roads, road shoulders, parking areas, sidewalks, picnic areas, and campgrounds.