A vast tract of multihued rock formations, rough grassland and badlands, Theodore Roosevelt National Park is North Dakota’s premier tract of unspoiled wilderness, named after the feisty president who roamed, hunted and ranched here in the 1880s. Split into north and south units along the banks of the Little Missouri, approximately seventy miles apart, the park is at its most beautiful at sunrise or sundown – the best times to observe such fauna as mule deer, feral horses, elk, pronghorn, ever-present bison and closely knit prairie dog communities. Note that in an odd twist of raggedly drawn time zones, the park’s north unit is on Central time, while the south unit is on Mountain time.

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