Anyone wanting to get away from it all probably couldn’t pick a more remote, unknown corner of the U.S. than this area of the Great Plains. It isn’t the most well-known of national parks, and it has never been among the most visited. In fact, most people probably wouldn’t be able to say what state this park is located in if you asked them. These prairies and badlands in North Dakota are less famous than their counterparts in nearby South Dakota. However, this national park is deeply intertwined with the history of an American president, a man who became known as a rough rider, daredevil and perhaps the fiercest advocates the National Park Service and the entire American conservation movement ever had. The place where President Theodore Roosevelt once went to escape the most devastating events of his life now pays homage to him in perhaps the most appropriate way - as Theodore Roosevelt National Park.
Known as the Little Missouri Badlands, this area went from being the home of nomadic native tribes to a sportsman’s paradise before it was decided to preserve the area in memory of Roosevelt and his legacy as a conservationist. Known today for its feral horses and spectacular views of the Northern Lights, this park features some of the most unique scenery in the Great Plains with views that are breathtaking no matter the season. It is easy to see how anyone who spent time at Theodore Roosevelt National Park would come away with a desire to protect the natural beauty of America.
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