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South Unit

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We saw buffalo, prairie dogs, wild horses

We arrived at South Unit entry at noon. Waited 10 minutes for pilot car to come (just enough time... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Beth Brown L
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Good but crowded

The south unit of TR National Park is good, but a bit crowded as it’s the most popular site in the... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Stamford, Connecticut
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“buck hill”(16 reviews)
“wild horses”(66 reviews)
“prairie dogs”(80 reviews)
Popular area of the park for hiking and horseback riding.
26611 U.S. Hwy 385, Theodore Roosevelt National Park, ND 58645
+1 701-623-4466
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

We arrived at South Unit entry at noon. Waited 10 minutes for pilot car to come (just enough time to make our lunch in our motorhome) and we went up on the road. Drive affords gorgeous views and we saw 10-15 buffalo up close (feeding...More

Thank Beth Brown L
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

There was construction on the main road that caused delays, plus the Visitors Center parking lot. I toured at the middle of the day, so there were very few animals to be found. The prairie dog towns were cute. A few tiny herds of horses,...More

Thank jaimn
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We chose to travel through ND on our way home just so we could stop and check out this National Park. We should have allowed more time. The visitors center is very nice and getting to tour the cabin and hear about some of Roosevelt's...More

Thank bryanedwards15
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The south unit of TR National Park is good, but a bit crowded as it’s the most popular site in the park. This is also adjacent to the small village of Medora ND (major tourist trap). My recommendations are to arrive early and complete the...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We spent time at the Theodore Roosevelt National Park south unit visitor center late on our first afternoon; it is a very short distance from the town center. We watched the 17-minute video and checked out Teddy Roosevelt’s Maltese Cross Cabin which has been relocated...More

Thank RetiredTravelerTN
Reviewed 6 August 2018

We had never even heard of this park before planning our trip this summer from northern Wisconsin to Colorado. We decided to go across north Dakota for the first time, and had to see the South Unit of Theodore Roosevelt National Park. It was well...More

Thank Madelyn19
Reviewed 1 August 2018 via mobile

We were there in the late afternoon during the weekend. Traffic wasn’t bad at all. The first 6 miles of the road has been scraped off and there is construction with long delays during the week. No construction on weekends! We loved seeing the buffalo!...More

1  Thank Kris S
Reviewed 26 July 2018 via mobile

Yes they are working on the south unit roads, which may cause delays of up to a half hour. However, a little patience will pay off in a big way. Tourism is down and you will get to experience the badlands and the beautiful wildlife...More

1  Thank Helen H
Reviewed 24 July 2018

I visited the South Unit 2x and the North Unit 1x. We like both units and found the landscapes very similar, but if in the area I would visit both again. The south unit is close to Medora which has a lot of fun things...More

1  Thank V9865EOmichaels
Reviewed 23 July 2018

We really enjoyed our trip to the south unit. The visitor center at the south entrance offers a movie and a tour of the Maltese Cross Cabin. We drove the scenic loop and saw a heard of wild horses as well as a bison, mule...More

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11 May 2016|
Response from hollorageo |
Yes, a 6' leash. We stayed 2 nights with our lab - no problems. Even walked her through town.