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Visiting Theodore Roosevelt National Park

Theodore Roosevelt National Park, located in the colorful North Dakota Badlands, is a living memorial to the 26th president of the United States and his enduring contribution to the conservation of our nation's resources.

On April 25, 1947, President Truman signed the bill (PL-38) that created Theodore Roosevelt National Memorial Park. This included lands that roughly make up the South Unit and the Elkhorn Ranch site today. The North Unit was added to the memorial park on June 12, 1948. Additional boundary revisions were made in later years.

As a memorial park, it was the only one of its kind in the National Park System. Eventually, in addition to a connection with a president, the land was recognized for its diverse cultural and natural resources. On November 10, 1978, the area was given National Park status when President Carter signed Public Law 95-625 that changed the memorial park to Theodore Roosevelt National Park. This same law placed 29,920 acres of the park under the National Wilderness Preservation System.

See for yourself what Roosevelt loved about the wild badlands by visiting the National Park named in his honor. Today, the 70,448-acre Theodore Roosevelt National Park is home to a variety of plants and animals, and continues to memorialize the 26th president for his lasting contributions to the safekeeping and protection of our nation's resources.

To find out more about how his time in the North Dakota Badlands helped Theodore Roosevelt on his path to the Presidency, go to the Theodore Roosevelt National Park Web site, located at:

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