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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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Spur Your Inner Artist with Drawing & Watercolor

Experience a creative vacation in Medora this summer!

 

Join Barbara Benda Nagle, professional artist and instructor as she teaches “Spur Your Inner Artist with Drawing and Watercolor” workshop June 4 – 7.  A native of Wahpeton, ND, Barbara excels in simplifying art concepts so all levels of learners may succeed.

 

In this 4-day workshop, you will learn:

  • How to execute a variety of drawing and watercolor techniques
  • How to make sense of the color wheel and use it to your advantage
  • How to use “value” (lights and darks) to make paintings dramatic
  • How to design your painting rather than copy photographs
  • How to create strong, dynamic compositions

 

This workshop takes place in the state-of-the-art Bill and Jane Marcil Life Skills Center in Medora.  Class size is limited – the first 15 registrants will secure a spot.  Payment options vary from workshop only to the popular Stay and Paint package, which includes lodging at the historic Rough Rider Hotel.

 

For more details, please visit our event listing here or call 701-610-9529.

 

To book your spot, please call
1-800-MEDORA-1

 

For more information about Barbara’s teaching philosophy, please visit www.barbarabendanagle.com

Barbara Benda Nagle with her “Portrait of Big Pappy”

 

Medora Plays Home to Glasgow Artist

Originally published by the Glasgow Courier

 

Local artist Cathryn Reitler began an Artist in Residency program in the historic town of Medora, N.D., on July 19. As a part of the program, Reitler is living expense-free in one of the town’s 18th century antique homes, where she is able to paint onsite and has a gallery of her works for sale upstairs. Her residency will commence on July 29, with a reception held in her honor showcasing the pieces she has completed during her stay, along with pieces she created in preparation for the residency.

 

Reitler was one of only eight artists selected from a large pool of applicants. “I’ve wanted to do a residency for probably 10 years,” says Reitler, “but before this year, the timing just wasn’t right.”

 

This unfinished painting by Cat Reitler is among the work she is currently developing in Medora.

For an artist, the benefits of being in a residency are considerable, as the position provides a substantial amount of time for the artist to focus intently on creating pieces in an inspirational environment, along with a venue to sell their work.

 

Additionally, Reitler finds it fascinating to be able to compare how western culture is portrayed to Medora’s many tourists, with her own experience as someone who actually lives in the west. She also loves the requirement that she work in a public setting, providing her with the opportunity to connect with an art audience and potential patrons.

 

Just days after her return from Medora, Reitler will be at the Northeast Montana fair, where she will have selected pieces for sale and where she will again be painting onsite.

 

For more information about Reitler’s work, you can contact her at 406-671-0659. She is currently taking commissions for the fall and the holiday seasons. You can also check her out at cathrynreitler.com.

Medora: Art Destination or Bust!

The first week of June was full of painting activities for Medora visitors. The first ever “Spur Your Inner Artist with Drawing and Watercolor” 4 -day workshop was held in the Bill and Jane Life Skills Center from June 5-8th.

Taught by Wahpeton, ND native and visual artist/veteran teacher Barbara Benda Nagle, this class was a creative vacation for those who may benefit from the inspiration of the Badlands. Many in the class signed up for the Stay and Paint package, which included the workshop, lodging and the Medora Musical. At least half of the students classified themselves as beginner artists yet they all progressed rapidly through the process from drawing to painting.

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The Buffalo Head – Medora’s Newest Photo Opp!

Magnificent New Art Enters Medora’s Historic Streets!

Medora has a reputation for the preservation of the wonderful history of the American Northwest. Whether it is through the Medora Musical, TR Salute to Medora, or the Chateau de Mores, we are invested helping you experience our history. However, this summer, you may notice something new to Medora as you drive through our streets.

 

This year we have introduced a new piece of artwork to our community!

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Artist in Residence: Char-Marie Flood

Meet our artist in residence, Char-Marie Flood!

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Karen Bakke to be Medora’s “Artist in Residence”

Karen Bakke to be Medora’s “Artist in Residence”

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(MEDORA, ND)
 – The Theodore Roosevelt Medora Foundation is pleased to announce that it will be hosting Karen Bakke, of Fargo, ND, as Artist in Residence August 6 through August 12.

Studio-style painting demonstrations, a gallery exhibit, and one and two-day painting workshops will be available for visitors and members of the public throughout the week. Bakke’s Medora studio will be located at the End of the Trail building in downtown Medora.

Bakke has worked as a professional artist for over 38 years and comments,

 “Art is my passion and profession. Working as a muralist, fine artist and graphic designer since 1976, I’ve just been living the dream. And to do it in Medora — I couldn’t imagine a more beautiful setting for artistic inspiration.”

The “Painting the Badlands” workshops will be held Wednesday and Thursday, August 6 and 7, from  9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the End of Trail studio. This in-depth painting workshop (participation limited to 10-12 people) is designed to stimulate participants’ creative thinking and problem solving. One day workshops cost $100. Two-day workshops cost $175.

For more information or to register contact Karen Bakke at 701-866-1152 or at www.KarenBakkeArt.com

Surprised by Art in Medora

Surprised by Art in Medora

If you’ve never been to Medora or haven’t visited in a long time, you may wonder if Medora is just a place for cowboys and musical enthusiasts.  Cowboys and music lovers abound—it’s true—and they can be seen daily sauntering through town enjoying the view from the saddle, or reveling in the rhythms of the famous Medora Musical.  But for those of you with a wide range of interests, Medora offers a lot to visitors who take the time to explore—more so now than ever before.

A surprising aspect that visitors to Medora are discovering is the artwork to be found throughout town.  Some examples of art in Medora are obvious, and others are more subtle.  You will discover artwork infused with the flavor of the Old West, along with more modern works inspired by nature that add to the visual interest of Medora.

Enjoy these examples and many more when you are here, and feel free to share your Medora art discoveries with us as you find them! Check out www.medora.com/events for special art shows and feature artist events throughout the spring, summer and fall seasons.

 

Old Town Hall Theater, 1930s Murals

Breckenridge Mural, Old Town Hall, Medora, ND

Guests can catch an entertaining show in the Old Town Hall Theater every day of the week (“A Teddy Roosevelt Salute to Medora” Mondays through Fridays at 4pm, and the “4M Revue” Saturdays and Sundays at 1pm and 4pm).

Breckenridge Mural, Old Town Hall Theater, Medora, ND

However, stop in early to take in original murals on the interior walls of the theater. The Old Town Hall was built in 1924, and traveling artist Joe Breckenridge created the murals in 1936.  He then returned in 1960 to touch up his work.

 

 

 

 

Harold Schafer Heritage Center Patio Lawn, Wind Sculptures

A much newer addition to the artistic side of Medora, these wind sculptures were added in the past month.  Five unique metal sculptures, hovering like trees above your head, spin and swirl in the North Dakota breeze.

These sculptures were gifted by the John Andrist family of Crosby, North Dakota, and are located at the Harold Schafer Heritage Center Patio Lawn, adjacent to the historic Von Hoffman house lawn.

 

 

North Dakota Cowboy Hall of Fame, “Cowboys and Indians: Alive and Well Today” Art Exhibit and Sale

Along with its fascinating permanent exhibits, The North Dakota Cowboy Hall of Fame is currently featuring this traveling exhibit of art.

 

 

 

 

 

The gallery pieces speak to the very purpose of the museum:  honoring the heritage of Native American, Ranching, and Rodeo culture.

 

Take in this colorful exhibit, and while you’re visiting the museum, appreciate the artwork on display in the permanent exhibits such as the beaded Native American moccasins shown here, and the bronze pieces adorning the outside of the building by North Dakota sculptor Arnie Addicott.

 

Downtown merchants

I had to look twice – no, that’s not a longhorn grazing on the lawn of a local merchant’s business, it is in fact a usable grill!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This creative cooker and a colorful herd of mini-horses add to the color and fun you will experience walking the streets of Medora.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lyle K. Glass Photography

“Cowboy Lyle” may wear boots and a cowboy hat, but he’s a photographer at heart.  Lyle’s photography features wildlife and scenery from the North Dakota Badlands.

You’ll find his work displayed in frames and as greeting cards in various locations throughout Medora.  And if you’d like to get a shot of Lyle himself (and maybe even an autograph!), you’ll likely find him outside the Badlands Pizza Parlor in downtown Medora.

 

 

 

Theodore’s Dining Room, stained glass windows

When the Rough Riders Hotel Dining room was refurbished and renamed Theodore’s Dining Room in 2009, the interior underwent a total transformation.  One of the beautiful additions to the dining room is a set of identical stained glass windows, placed back to back and looking out onto the dining room on one side, and TR’s Tavern on the other.

The windows were gifted by Jim and Joanne Kack, who purchased the pieces from a Minnesota stained glass collector in the mid 1980s. The glass was thought to have originated from the Church of the Redeemer Episcopal Church in Superior, Wisconsin, which opened in January 1892. Two similar pieces given by the Kacks are also displayed above the front desk of the adjacent Rough Riders Hotel in Medora.

 

 

 

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