Theodore Roosevelt National Park

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  1. Hobbshunter

    Hobbshunter Well-Known Member

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    Anybody been to Theodore Roosevelt National Park in western North Dakota? Booking a family trip to Yellowstone next year, and thinking about going through this park on the way home. Especially wondering how much time I should allocate for the park.
     
  2. cmf88

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    North unit or south unit? I’ve been to both, I live about 20 miles north of the north unit.
     
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  3. reflex1

    reflex1 Well-Known Member Supporting Member

    Tell us about both please - thank you!
     
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  4. jcp

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    If you traveling to Yellowstone hit the south unit at Medora
    The North unit to me is probably the prettiest but it only takes about an hour to drive the whole thing in and out plus it’s out of the way from the interstate.
    South unit is a good half day trip , right off the interstate and full of buffalo and wild horses.
    Other places of interest
    Firearms museum in Cody WY
    Take the drive thru the bighorns down hwy 14 from ranchester WY to Cody , probably one of the prettiest drives you will ever take.
    Beartooth pass to red lodge MT is another good one.
    If you want to fish , the Nowood river north of Meeteesee WY is fantastic.
    Lots of places to see that are off the beaten path and away from the tourist traps.
    I’ve roamed all over this country so if you have any questions let me know.
     
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  5. flydown

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    When I was about 13, we went to Theodore Roosevelt national park. My brother and I were walking a trail going up a hill. We saw a buffalo track in dried mud. (It was a very old track.) I jokingly looked at the track and said "fresh track. He's just over that hill." I really head no idea. We walked on over the hill and to our surprise, there was a big bull buffalo about 50 yards away looking at us. We kept an eye on it and backed back down the hill. We were somewhere near Medora.
    I recommend going there.
     
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  6. Hobbshunter

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    Both? I'm planning on taking 2 weeks vacation, so we should have plenty of time.

    Here's my tentative plan...
    Leave Yellowstone in the morning, stop in Cody for the museum. Hotel is booked for Gillette that night so we can make a quick stop at Devil's Tower the next morning and then drive to TRNP. We spent a week in the Black Hills a few years ago but did not go to Devils Tower, so not interested in Mt Rushmore, etc.
    So we'll arrive up at TRNP area in the afternoon. I figure I'd at least need two nights up there. That gives at least one full day in the park. My kids really like doing the Jr Ranger programs, etc. Is that enough time? Too much? I can stay more nights if it's worth it.
     
  7. Hobbshunter

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    Good to know!
    Here's a question for you... The plan is to leave on a Friday night or Saturday morning. I've got a friend in Dubois, WY. Planning to be there Sunday, driving up through Denver. Got any good spots to stop and break up that drive?
     
  8. Alpha

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    book it the first part of may, take an extra day or two and go kill you a Merriam......
     
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  9. Hobbshunter

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    I like the way you think Alpha!
    I managed to sneak a turkey hunt in on our last National Park trip to Big Bend in TX a couple years ago. Unfortunately, I dont think most of Yellowstone is even open in May. This will def have to be in the summer.
     
  10. flydown

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    Does anyone know if they still do the show in Medora?
     
  11. Hobbshunter

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    Oh yeah. I looked up places to stay in Medora, and now every ad on my computer is for that show. Would it be a good thing to do with the kids?
     
  12. jcp

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    I can say that is a long haul for sure and not much between the 2
    Salina KS us about 1/2 way to Denver , nothing there but a good Mexican restaurant.
    It takes me 16 hrs to drive to Denver from Conway , 19 to Douglas where I work.
    I would venture to say to Dubois is probably a 24-26 hours depending on where you leave from.
    Nothing to see between Denver and Dubois except wide open prairie with the exception of Elk Mountain. Depending on the time of year they closed I80 at the pass in June due to a blizzard so keep that in mind.
    Once you get north of 80 at Rawlings ( stop and get gas here )it’s desolate until lander and that’s when the drive gets a little more scenic as you drive just east of south pass.
    Unless your dead set on seeing Denver , I would avoid the place like a gas station burrito , traffic is horrible.
    I can give you directions around the parking lot which is I- 25 from Denver to Fort Collins , 25 is a gamble you could make it in 1 1/2 or could be 4.
     
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  13. Buck-Ridge

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    If you are going to Yellowstone take a day and drive the beartooth. It is my favorite scenic route I have ever driven. Take the Chief Joseph highway back to Cody and go to Yellowstone from there.
     
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  14. flydown

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    I loved it when I was 13.
     
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  15. BushHopper

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    I would suggest glacier national....the place is absolutely amazing.
     
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  16. Hobbshunter

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    I didnt know it was that bad on I-25. I've been through there a couple times in the last several years for fall hunting trips, but come to think of it, it was never at peak traffic times. We used to always go to WY on 80 through Nebraska, but a couple years ago Google started saying it was an hour faster to go through Denver. I just looked it up, and right now it's saying there's a 2 minute difference. It may be accounting for that traffic you mentioned.

    I've been to Lander a bunch, so I'm familiar with that drive from Rawlins to there. I couldnt think of anything worth stopping for, so maybe I'll just have to find a decent hotel with a pool so the kids can have some play time.

    We're going in July so hopefully we wont have weather, but the last time I was in Yellowstone it was July and a front came through. We got an inch or two of snow, and the low was in the 20's. My buddy thought he was going to freeze to death in the tent.
     
  17. Buckrub

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    Devils Tower. A must.
    Rushmore.
    Avoid Custer's Last Stand battlefield. A field. No trees. A few white grave markers strewn all over.
    Badlands.
    Also, just drive around backroads all over that part of the world.
     
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  18. Hobbshunter

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    I'd like to go to Glacier one of these days, but it's so far and in the wrong direction.

    Almost went there a couple times...

    A buddy and I had just graduated college, had a little money saved, and decided to go out west and goof around until we ran out of money, then we'd come home and get real jobs. When we left Yellowstone, we looked at going to Glacier. It's another 8 hours north. We drove to Yosemite instead. I'll never forget, we rolled into Reno late on a Sunday night on the way to Yosemite. We decided to go to a casino. Let me tell you, there is no more pathetic scene than the Sunday night regular's at a crappy Reno casino. Slept in the truck in a Walmart parking lot and got the hell out of there.

    Then my wife and I almost flew to Glacier 10 years ago, but we did Banf instead. No regrets there.
     
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  19. Hobbshunter

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    We went to the Black Hills a few years ago for a week, and I loved it. It was kind of a back up plan, but it worked out great. I'd stopped through there before, hopped out of the car to see Mt Rushmore and back on the road. We loved Custer State Park. Found so much stuff to do there that we never made it over to see Devil's Tower.
     
  20. 7 point

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    I’m gonna second seeing the Badlands while you’re out there, but go close to sunset. The bands of the earth come alive as the sun is setting. IMG_1139.jpg
     
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