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Travels with Twinkles: Theodore Roosevelt National Park – South Unit

From the bloggers at Travels with Twinkles

We pull out of the campground past a Bison wandering around at the entrance to our loop.  It is a rainy ride south on route 85 through the vast Little Missouri National Grasslands. This is the largest grasslands area in the country at 1,028,784 acres. It is a mix of national, state and privately owned land, much of it leased to cattle ranchers for grazing. At the town of Belfield we take route 94 west to Medora, North Dakota. The entrance to the southern unit of Thoedore Roosevelt National Park is right in town with the Cottonwood Campground 5 miles into the park. Twinkles arrives well ahead of me and has a campsite saved, not great as the previous one, but very good.

We then ride back into Medora to the park visitors center, take in the movie and exhibits and Roosevelt’s original Maltese Cross Ranch cabin. We also  check out the ruins of the Meat Packing Plant of the Marquis de Mores. The Marques de Mores was a wealthy french aristocrat who founded the town of Medora, had a huge cattle ranch, built several of the town structures, built a huge meat packing plant and a Chateau for himself and his family.

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