Why a Wonder: Theodore Roosevelt National Park (TRNP) comprises of two units (north and south) in western North Dakota. The south unit provides for an abundance of wildlife as well as landscape opportunities. Bison, birds of prey, prairie dogs, and wild horses are common in the south unit. The "Badlands-like" terrain provides a nice western look to images. For the purpose of this post, the south unit is addressed.
The wild horses are the Nokota line which dates back to the Native Americans who settled this region. They are free to roam the territory.
Where: Medora in southwest North Dakota is the home to the south unit of TRNP. The park has a 36-mile loop road with multiple side roads and trailheads to explore. There are many marked overlooks that will provide you with fantastic valley views. Wildlife viewing is a nice bonus along the way.
Prairie dog towns are abundant throughout TRNP.
Bison can be seen sunning themselves as well as tending to their calves.
When: Spring is a great time to visit TRNP if you want to experience lush green landscapes and the youngsters and parents interacting.
Photography: A wide range of lenses are beneficial at the park. Wide for landscapes and mid-range to long telephoto for capturing wildlife. There are times when you will need to photograph from your car.
Wildlife is "wild." Give them space and enjoy the moments witnessed!