Today was my 50th birthday, and it seemed fitting that we arrived at Theodore Roosevelt National Park. I am a great admirer of Teddy Roosevelt and what he did for the preservation of the beautiful natural areas of this country. Being in his namesake park on my birthday felt like the perfect gift.
We finally arrived at the North Unit of Theodore Roosevelt National Park. The park is actually divided up into three units - the North, the South, & the Elkhorn Ranch. We opted for the Juniper Campground in the North Unit. It's located five miles into the park, has no hook-ups, and all the sites are non-reservable. There is a dump station and a place to take on water. Nightly fee: $10.
One of the confusing things we learned right away is that the North Unit is on Central time while the South Unit is on Mountain Time. That makes a difference when considering check-out times and ranger program times.
After making the lovely five-mile drive into the park, we selected a campsite and got everything set up.
Once we were settled, we decided to drive the 14-mile road in the North Unit and take a few pictures while the sun was shining.
The weather was supposed to be rainy the next couple of days, so I wanted to at least get photos at some of the overlooks above the Little Missouri River.
We saw only one Buffalo on this brief tour. He was standing near a trail where the trailhead sign provided this warning: "Danger: Aggressive Bull Known To Charge Frequenting The Area".
We took a few more pics at the last overlook at the end of the road.
That was a nice start to our time here in Theodore Roosevelt National Park.