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“Scenic Loop Drive Construction”

Theodore Roosevelt National Park
Ranked #1 of 17 things to do in Medora
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Sioux Falls, South Dakota
Level 3 Contributor
15 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Scenic Loop Drive Construction”
Reviewed 15 June 2014

Fairly extensive road work at the beginning of the Scenic Loop Drive. Down to one lane for several miles with pilot vehicles to lead traffic through the work area. Be prepared for 20-30 minute waits to proceed. No restroom facilities in this area of the park, so plan accordingly. The majority of the Scenic Loop Drive is open, however, with many beautiful sights and scenic viewpoints.

Visited June 2014
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Layton, Utah
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559 reviews
150 attraction reviews
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“I had the park mostly to myself”
Reviewed 11 June 2014

Very few people in the park. It was quiet except for the sounds of birds. Saw bison, wild horses, and pronghorn. I didn't allow enough time for hiking - the park was more beautiful than I had anticipated.

Visited June 2014
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Dallas, Texas
Level 4 Contributor
38 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
“Small, scenic, and symbolic”
Reviewed 7 June 2014

While I only had a relatively brief visit to the Painted Valley area (a must visit) and the South Unit, TR National Park presents a different perspective of the badlands-- unlike its southern cousin in SD, TR National Park is far greener with more wildlife. And less visited too. But most importantly, the story behind its namesake and how the future president was influenced by his time in the Dakotas is also notable. The shack where he stayed is still in existence. If in the western Dakotas, be sure to visit.

Visited May 2014
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Westerville, OH
Level 6 Contributor
126 reviews
37 attraction reviews
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“Graet Scenery - Abundant Wildlife”
Reviewed 2 June 2014

We planned to tour both the South and North Units during our visit. Upon arrival at Painted Valley Visitor Center, the young worker (not a Ranger) told us the road through the North Unit was closed only a short distance into the Unit and would not open for weeks. After viewing the very scenic overlook and spending time trying to take long distance shots of the local small herd of bison (thinking that may be my only chance - not even close to true as it turned out), we went on to the South Unit visitor center and looked at the artifacts, Theodore Roosevelt cabin, and grounds. We chatted with a Ranger who confirmed the closing and offered the sentiment that the 70 mile drive would be essentially a waste of time, we resigned ourselves to touring the South Unit in the morning which we did very early the next day. Not far into the park, my worry that the initial bison encounter would be our only chance was dispelled - multiple sightings of them, Pronghorns, Prairie Dogs, Wild Horses, and Mule Deer on the drive. The scenery was amazing and the drive was extremely enjoyable. By accident we returned to the Ranger station later in the afternoon and a different ranger told us the road in the North Unit was open and that the drive up there was well worth the effort. Turns out she was both right and wrong. The road was not open, but the trip was well worth it - more great scenery and a wolf sighting (logic says it was coyote but I have seen plenty of those and this sure looked bigger, sturdier and more confident) right on the road as we were returning to the highway after being stopped by the in-park road construction. In all, TRNP is rugged, beautiful, and full of wildlife - we thoroughly enjoyed it.

Visited May 2014
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Klamath Falls, Oregon, United States
Level 3 Contributor
12 reviews
3 attraction reviews
“TRNP”
Reviewed 29 May 2014

I did a vehicle tour of the south unit to see the scenery and wildlife (I have visited many times in the past). A lot of bison were out in plain sight for great viewing. Several herds of wild mustangs were seen as well with plenty of newborn foals. Lots of prairie dogs out to entertain. The scenery is especially good this year with the spring rains providing lush green grass to add color to the views. The road is in rough shape the first four miles or so, but good after that. They are working on it.

Visited May 2014
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