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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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Annual Dakota Nights Astronomy Festival to Be Held at Theodore Roosevelt National Park and Historic Medora

MEDORA, ND: Theodore Roosevelt National Park and the town of Historic Medora invite inquiring minds of all ages to attend the fifth annual Dakota Nights Astronomy Festival Friday, September 15 through Sunday, September 17. Join park rangers, astronomers, and space enthusiasts of all types to celebrate North Dakota’s beautiful night skies.

 

“People have been marveling at the night skies for millennia,” said Chief of Interpretation Eileen Andes. “Dakota Nights celebrates the beauty and fragility of this awe-inspiring resource and makes it accessible and fun for people of all ages. READ MORE »

Where to watch the eclipse on August 21 in Medora!

Where to watch the eclipse on August 21 in Medora!

This is the first time a total solar eclipse will go over the contiguous United States.

Make the most of this can’t miss event by viewing in from these spots in Medora!

PS: Catch The Highwaymen Live after the eclipse at the Burning Hills Amphitheatre at 7:30pm.

 

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Endless Exploration

TR National Park: Ranger Programs

If you’ve ever spent any time in Theodore Roosevelt National Park, you’ll know there is way too much to see in just one day. In fact, there might be way too much to see in a week, or a year, or even a life time!

 

Even so, the Rangers at TR National Park want to help you discover as much as you possibly can about the park and the wildlife that call it home while you’re here in Medora, and this is why they have a plethora of actives lined up every week! READ MORE »

Bison Roundup Set to Begin at Theodore Roosevelt National Park

MEDORA, ND – A bison roundup is scheduled for the week of October 16 at the North Unit of Theodore Roosevelt National Park.

For safety reasons, this operation will be closed ot the public, but media are invited to cover the story. Most of the roundup will take place October 17 through 19. The best photographic opportunities will likely be on October 18 and 19. In order to ensure human and animal safety, media representatives must be escorted while at the site. It is recommended that you call the park at 701-623-4466 after 8:00 a.m. MDT on the day you plan to attend the roundup before leaving your office to ensure the operation has not been postponed or changed due to weather or other issues. READ MORE »

Theodore Roosevelt National Park to Welcome Terry Tempest Williams

Theodore Roosevelt National Park to Welcome Terry Tempest Williams

A National Park Service Centennial Event

MEDORA, ND: The Theodore Roosevelt Nature and History Association and Theodore Roosevelt National Park invite the public to a special book reading and signing by renowned author Terry Tempest Williams on Sunday, July 24. Tempest Williams will read from her newest book, The Hour of Land. The reading will begin at 6:30 p.m. MDT in the park’s South Unit Visitor Center; a book signing will follow.

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Bison Abound in Theodore Roosevelt National Park

President Obama just named the bison as America’s National Mammal! Now bison aren’t nearly as prevalent today as they used to be during Theodore Roosevelt’s time in Dakota Territory, but you can still see plenty of them in his namesake national park, Theodore Roosevelt National Park — the backyard of Medora, North Dakota and the New York Times’ #5 place to visit in 2016!

Here’s a few photos from our many bison encounters over the years! READ MORE »

It’s a National Park Week

Come explore North Dakota’s only National Park, Theodore Roosevelt National Park FOR FREE!

Get off the beaten path and get dirty in TRNP for FREE until April 24!

Your kids can become Junior Rangers and the whole family can take guided ranger hikes!

Remember, this year we celebrate the Centennial Celebration of the National Parks System. Get out and explore our Nation’s parks — and start with North Dakota’s only National Park.

Want to create your own TR National Park adventure?

Start by hiking these 5 great trails and snap away at these great photo locations!

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…

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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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So We Interviewed Josh Duhamel!

Well, not really. But Medora came up a bunch in Josh’s interview with Travel + Leisure Magazine!

North Dakota’s been all over the news lately! It started with Theodore Roosevelt National Park being named the #5 Place to Go in 2016 by the New York Times. Now it’s continuing with Josh Duhamel staring in 4 brand new TV commercials for North Dakota Tourism. Check out this great interview Josh did with Travel + Leisure Magazine!

Where in North Dakota should every traveler visit?
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