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The two RV Gypsies
at Theodore Roosevelt National Park
- - South Unit --
in North Dakota
August 28, 2016

Theodore Roosevelt National Park is a United States National Park comprising three geographically separated areas of badlands in western North Dakota. The park was named for U.S. President Theodore Roosevelt. 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. The smaller North Unit is situated about 80 miles north of the South Unit, on U.S. Highway 85, just south of Watford City, North Dakota. Roosevelt's Elkhorn Ranch is located between the North and South units, approximately 20 miles west of US 85 and Fairfield, North Dakota. The Little Missouri River flows through all three units of the park. The Maah Daah Hey Trail connects all three units.

USA map showing location of North DakotaUSA map showing location of Theodore Roosevelt National Park

Karen Duquette at the Theodore Roosevelt National Park entrance

Theodore Roosevelt National Park banner

Prairie Dog town is obviously full of cute little prairie dogs.

Prairie dog

prairie dog

scenery in Theodore Roosevelt National Park

scenery i Theodore Roosevelt National Park

The Wind Canyon Trail is a 0.5 mile loop trail. The two RV Gypsies enjoyed hiking this nature trail alongside a wind-sculpted canyon for the best view of the Little Missouri River the South Unit has to offer.

sign to Wind Canyon Nature Trail

Wind Canyon Nature Trail sign

sign-what makes Wind Canyon special

Below: The stairs from the parking lot and zoomed in views from the top of the stairs.

stairs to Wind Canyon Nature Trail

scenery in Wind Canyon

scenery in Wind Canyon

scenery in Wind Canyon

scenery in Wind Canyon

scenery in Wind Canyon

Little Missouri River

scenery in Wind Canyon

A rock with a face formation in it.

A rock with a face formation in it

A rock with a face formation in it

top of the hill at the  Wind Canyon

river in Wind Canyon

scenery in Wind Canyon

scenery in Wind Canyon

Little Missouri River

river scenery in Wind Canyon

river scenery in Wind Canyon

river scenery in Wind Canyon

river scenery in Wind Canyon

Really cool rocks in Wind Canyon

Lee Duquette in Wind Canyon real cool rock in Wind Canyon

scenery in Wind Canyon TR NP

scenery in Wind Canyon TR NP

Lee Duquette at TR NP

scenery in Wind Canyon TR NP

Next stop - Rock Hill

sign: Rock Hill

scenery from Rock Hill in TR NP

wild horses

Below three photos: Lee's sharp eyes saw a lone bison way far away. Karen could barely see the dark spot, let alone recognize what it was. So she had to zoom in to check it out.

a lone bison in TR NP

a lone bison in TR NP

a lone bison in TR NP

And still more bison, but again, just black dots far away.

bison far away

Below: looking down at the parking lot from Black Hill

Lee Duquette in TR NP

Bison in the road (the car window of the two RV Gypsies still had cracks in it from Yukon and Alaska roads - as does their RV).

Bison in the road

Finally, bison close enough to be more than a dark spot in the far distance.

bison

bison

look below

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