5 Reasons to Stop at Theodore Roosevelt National Park on your way to Yellowstone

Hike in Theodore Roosevelt National Park

On your way to Yellowstone National Park huh? Well, coming west of the Mississippi has gotten a lot easier since Lewis and Clark’s time, but you and the family will still need to stretch those legs sometime before you get to Old Faithful. And Medora, North Dakota is the perfect place to do just that! Here’s why…


You’re a National Park fanatic!

Be inspired by the Badlands that inspired a President. Theodore Roosevelt National Park has wild horses — and so much more. Set in the heart of the rugged North Dakota Badlands, TRNP is chalk-full of bison, elk, prairie dogs, and more. And it’s not just wildlife! The “Teddy” has numerous hiking trials and is laden with scenic overlooks, which make for great photo opportunities. It’s North Dakotas only National Park — and you need to see it!

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The Medora Musical!

What’s better than a full day spent hiking Wind Canyon trail, taking pictures at the top of Buck Hill, and coming up close – but not too close 🙂 – and personal with a bison? Spending the rest of the night at dinner and a Show! The Pitchfork Steak Fondue and the Medora Musical are absolute musts on any trip to or through Medora — and you better believe you’ll be whistling a tune all the way to Mammoth Hot Springs! Don’t believe us?

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Bully Pulpit Golf Course.

The rugged Badlands are great for photographing and hiking – they’re also incredible to golf in! Bully Pulpit Golf Course is a “Top 100 Public Golf Course in America” and is sure to leave you breathless! Hit your tee shots over 100 ft. canyons and putt with jagged buttes all around. There’s nothing quite like it. See for yourself!

It’s a long drive. Ya gotta eat.

Bringing the kids with you? Well, they’re gonna get hungry. Good thing we have the Badlands Pizza Parlor and Chuckwagon Buffet – two restaurants that will satisfy even the pickiest eater!



Are you just traveling with your significant other? Lucky for you (just ask the parents above) the elegant Theodore’s Dining Room awaits. Start with a custom cocktail at TR’s Tavern before moving on to a wonderful dinner prepared by our executive chef.

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You’re a Theodore Roosevelt buff.

In honor of the 100th Anniversary of the National Park System, this year’s TR Salute to Medora will feature a tribute to the National Parks! Roosevelt was an ardent supporter of the parks and instrumental in the development of the National Park System. The role Teddy played in the National Park Service’s development is fascinating — and will be told in full during this year’s TR Salute to Medora and the National Parks!



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