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7 Photogenic Locations & Photography Tips in Theodore Roosevelt National Park

Everyone who makes the trip to the Badlands of North Dakota have their own reason for visiting Medora and the Theodore Roosevelt National Park. 

Yours might be different than the next but everyone will all have one thing in common, everyone comments about the beautiful sights and sounds.

Whether you’re an expert photographer with all the gear or out to capture the pics to make your Instagram followers jealous, this is your guide!

Zak Zeinert, nature photographer and National Park lover, let us share his favorite Theodore Roosevelt National Park photography locations and some little-known photographer hideouts that he enjoys just outside of Medora.

As originally published at Zak Zeinert Photography Blog

Enjoy!

 – – WIND CANYON OVERLOOK – –


Wind Canyon is the most photographed spot in the park, and with good reason. In the evening, the short footpath leads viewers to a stunning display as the sun sets over the Little Missouri River. The river makes for natural leading lines that photograph well and help guide the viewer’s eye to some of the best sunsets in the United States. I try not to shoot at the same spot too often, but I can’t help but find myself returning to Wind Canyon.

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– – COTTONWOOD CAMPGROUND – –

The 36-mile loop and numerous trails offer plenty of great sights, but don’t forget about the opportunities back at camp! On my first visit to the Medora area in 2016, I was often greeted back at camp by a bison wandering by. That same evening, I photographed wild horses on the southern end of the campground. Not to mention the great selfies you can get for your Facebook and Instagram as you gaze out upon the badlands from camp!

 – – THE 36-MILE PARK LOOP – –


Many of the park’s visitors only ever see it from the safety of their vehicle along the 36-mile loop. Fortunately, there are many great photo opportunities along the whole stretch. I recommend driving the loop in the early morning or late afternoon. Not only will the warm golden hour light make your photos look stunning but the cooler temperatures will also draw the wildlife out. When you feel like getting out and stretching your legs, check out some of the incredible overlooks along the loop such as Boicourt or Scoria Point.

Boicourt Overlook provides a grand view of the park from the loop – 2016

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 – – THE PETRIFIED FOREST LOOP – –


The Petrified Forest Loop has quickly become my favorite trail in the park. Inaccessible via the 36-mile park loop, to reach the trailhead one must take exit 23 off of I-94w then continue up West River Road for roughly 6.5 miles. Don’t let the bit of extra effort discourage you though, visitors to this trail are well rewarded. Besides being well maintained, the trail offers grand canyon views, peaceful sections of grassland, and of course the main attraction: petrified wood! The loop is about 10-miles long, but one only has to travel a short distance to find the fossilized remains of the ancient forest.

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 – – BUCK HILL – –


Buck Hill is the highest point in the park and provides the million-dollar panoramic views of the badlands. Lone trees are scattered among the hilltop and make for great silhouette shots as well as interesting subjects against the grassy terrain. The well-defined trail winding its way down the southern slope provides an excellent backdrop for portraits while also being an interesting subject on its own.

 

– – THE LOWER TALKINGTON TRAIL – –


The Lower Talkington Trail will truly make you feel as if you’ve stumbled into another world. The painted hills seem to surround you as you descend into the eastern end of the park. Last time, I hiked it I found myself caught between a cranky bison and a band of wild horses. I managed to get a some great shots while I waited them out from the safety of a hilltop.

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 – – THE NORTH UNIT – –


Don’t forget to visit the North Unit of the park just south of Watford City. Not only is it just as stunning, but you’ll deal with a fraction of the crowds that you get in the South Unit. While you won’t find prairie dogs or wild horses in the North Unit, you will find smooth, rolling grasslands more akin to what you’d see in Badlands National Park. The buffalo are bountiful and the overlooks just as scenic. The in-and-out road, rightfully called ‘Scenic Drive’ offers many stunning views as it winds its way through the park.

These photography secrets are just across the North Dakota border and with Mother Nature as the ultimate artist, each day could give you a new view. Plan for a few extra days and of course see what else Medora has to offer.

Theodore Roosevelt National Park truly is one-of-a-kind and is well deserving of its name. Just don’t forget to put down the camera every once in a while to take in the beautiful landscape around you.

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Helpful Hiking Information for Theodore Roosevelt National Park

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Book your Photography Trip: https://medora.com/plan-your-trip/ 

Kat Perkins and Special Guest Roger Fisher Rock the Burning Hills Amphitheater

One of the Medora’s favorite performers returned to the stage where it all started – the Burning Hills Amphitheater!

Kat Perkins was joined by special guest and Rock and Roll Hall of Famer, Roger Fisher for a show that you just can’t get anywhere else.

Kat is a former star of the Medora Musical and semifinalist on Season 5 of NBC’s TheVoice. Her concert paid tribute to the artists and bands who shaped her life PLUS she performed new, original songs.

It’s was an ND Legendary concert experience!

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Kat Perkins concert performance in Medora

 

Kat’s 2018 Badlands Rising Star Camp was also a hit!

The campers got the special privilege of opening the show for Kat’s LEGENDS Concert on the Burning Hills Amphitheater stage.

Campers impressed the audience by singing the iconic “Medora” song and then broke into smaller groups to show off their work.

The finale included Kat Perkins and her band with their version of Say Something by Justin Timberlake. Click the picture below to watch:

Kat Perkins singing Justin Timberlake Say Something

Watch Say Something by Justin Timberlake Performed by Kat Perkins and Badlands Rising Star Camp.

Here are just a few pictures from the performances:

See the full Badlands Rising Star Camp Photo Album

Bull Moose MudRun 2018 – Relive the Fun

The Bull Moose Mudrun ran over, under, and through the North Dakota Badlands on Saturday, June 9, 2018.

Competitors and fun runners of all shapes, sizes, and ages gave their best BULLY spirit on a 5k obstacle course like no other.

Theodore Roosevelt himself enjoyed the competition and encouraged the runners at the start of the race.


And then they were off with the endurance and competitive heats out first. (That means they set out to complete the course quickly and do as many laps as possible in the 3-hour period.)

The first obstacle was crossing the Little Missouri River and the second obstacle was where they got their first look at the Medora Badlands Mud. Where most had the choice of taking the high road or going straight through the muddy water – the majority took the mud head on. See what we mean in this video:

You will probably notice you couldn’t keep the runners from smiling. If they weren’t having fun, you wouldn’t have known! This next video comes at you from the highest point in the Bull Moose MudRun Course. Check it out:

2018 Bull Moose Mudrun Results

Bull Moose Mudrun Endurance Category: As many laps as you can in 3 hours

Females:

  1. Jennifer Grosz     2:23     3 laps
  2. Jessie Binstock    2:02     2 laps

Males:

  1. Josh Smaage      2:51     4 laps
  2. Clay Ross            2:13     3 laps
  3. Jeremy Vidman      2:17      3 laps

Bull Moose Mudrun Competitive Category: 1 lap as fast as you can

Females:

  1. Rachel Crain             48:33.54
  2. Baelee Butts              51:20.55
  3. Kayls Pelton              53:31.82

Males:

  1. Nevada Crimmins          41:35.82
  2. Donny Crain                   41:55.35
  3. Tyler Kuhn                      42:26.29

 

Fun Run Race Results for 191 Females and 84 males are here: Bull Moose Mudrun Results

Get the Badlands Race Series Race Schedule

 

Check out the official race results on https://competitivetiming.com/bull-moose-mud-run-results/ 

Men’s Endurance Category Podium

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Fun Had By All! We’ll see you next year!

 

 

 

Top Six Reasons You Will Have the Best Time Ever in Medora in June

Some might say that things get better with age, but I’m here to tell you that in Medora – the early bird gets the worm.

As we open the season, these are the reasons that I think you’ll have the best time in Medora if you come in June.

1. Be the First to See The Shows

See the shows first and make your friends jealous. Ever been the first to use new things? The amphitheater has new chairs, a new show, but the same great family feel!

And you can hardly call the Old Town Hall Theater ‘old’ anymore! It’s been updated and improved to handle the series we’re calling Broadway in the Badlands. There’s plenty of NEW entertainment to get in on there.

2. The Grass Is Greener

No, really it is! The spring rains make flowers brighter and the grass is greener. At this time of year, you can’t take a bad photo of Theodore Roosevelt National Park or Medora landscapes in June! As the sun continues to make its presence known, the Badlands of North Dakota transform right before our eyes and remind us that fall is (all too near) right around the corner.

3. See the Wild Animals LIVE


Have you seen anything cuter than a baby bison? Me either! Turns out they grown up and grow bigger pretty fast. That doesn’t mean they aren’t incredible, but they lose a little bit of that “cuteness.” 

4. Perfect Temps in June

It’s Goldilocks weather. Not too hot and not too cold.

If you’re an early riser, the fresh morning air matches the light dew that rests on the grass.  Draw early and get the perfect sunrise picture over the beautiful badlands by hiking up Ridgeline Trail or taking a drive to the Painted Canyon Overlook.

The afternoon sky is likely filled with fluffy clouds and a bright sun. Temps in June average a high of 79°F. This is a perfect time to walk the sidewalks or boardwalk in the city or take in a show at the air-conditioned Old Town Hall Theater.

Medora evenings cool down just a little but not until 7:30pm or 8pm on the best days. That’s just in time to get snuggled into the evening’s activities happening at the Burning Hills Amphitheater. A light jacket in June is a good idea for any fair-weather friends.

5. Just In Time

If you get to Medora in June, you’ll have the rest of the summer to come back one more time!

With so many events to choose from the summer schedule likely has another of your favorites tee’d up. Speaking of swinging sticks, the Bully Pulpit Golf Course will throw you a different game nearly every day so you can’t possibly play it too many times in one summer!

The secret about Medora is that new memories are waiting to be created every time you visit. That makes it different every day!  The History stays the same but the players change! 


6. See #1. No one wants to be last!

And no one wants to miss out.  

7. BONUS REASON

Summer will be over before you know it! If you think your schedule is already full, do your best to find an open day or two. The weekdays are as exciting in Medora as are the weekends. HINT: they are a little less crowded too.


So – 

Bring the whole family (like the whole family!! Medora is great for family reunions) or just a few friends. We’ve got seats, beds, plates, and things to do!

Just take a look at the jam-packed Medora Event Calendar


Still not convinced June is the best month to travel to Medora?  

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Must-Have Selfies in Medora

If you’re new to selfies or have already worn out your third selfie-stick this week the ingredients to an awesome make-your-friends jealous selfie = YOU+ A Smile + Awe-Inspiring locations.

 

We rounded up the must-have selfie locations in Medora and the Theodore Roosevelt National Park to give you a starting point. There are likely hundreds more!

 

Here’s a challenge for you –  get out and show us your favorite Medora selfie spot!

 

Hashtag #MedoraSelfie #Medora or tag @medora_nd on Instagram or @MedoraND on Twitter and you might just see yourself in this article!

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With the Wooden Cowboy at the Burning Hills Amphitheater 

Medora City Overlook in Theodore Roosevelt National Park

With Teddy Roosevelt in front of Old Town Theater

Up top the Balcony at Little Mo’s

(Tip, get to the Restaurant by 8:30pm to be seated on the Balcony. Balcony seating closes at 9pm)

At the Entrance to TRNP Sign

At the Chateau

At Painted Canyon Overlook

Atop a Badlands Hiking Trail

National Park Selfie

With a Horse of Course

With Teddy Roosevelt Himself!

With Sheriff Bear (find him at the Musical)

Amphitheater Terrace with iconic MEDORA sign

Pitchfork Steak Fondue with Beautiful Badlands behind

BONUS: With Stacy The Bison (ask around town to find her location!)

So, happy snapping! If you don’t how will anyone know that you actually experienced it?

 

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