Theodore Roosevelt National Park is located in the badlands of western North Dakota. The landscape is rugged with buttes, cliffs, canyons, and ravines. Painted Canyon, in the South Unit, presents a scene of color and light playing across the face of a wild and broken land. Following a rain, the landscape appears closer to the overlook, and takes on a kaleidoscope of colors: pinks, reds, blacks, ochres, and greens. On cloudy days, it appears in dull, cold grays and browns. The golden glow of dawn gives way to harsh, shadow-seeking sun rays at midday. Evening introduces soft blue silhouettes, and purple shadows fade beneath a brilliant vault of stars. These scenes and others like them are found throughout Theodore Roosevelt National Park.
The Maah Daah Hey Trail is a 120 mile hiking, horseback, and mountain bicycle trail that traverses through the scenic and rugged North Dakota badlands. The trail passes through the Little Missouri National Grasslands, as well as State and private land, as it connects the North and South Units of Theodore Roosevelt National Park. The trail begins in the south at Sully Creek State Park in Billings County, south of Medora, and winds its way to its northern terminus at the US Forest Service CCC Campground in McKenzie County, located 20 miles south of Watford City off Highway 85. (The Maah Daah Hey Trail is not open to bicycles in Theodore Roosevelt National Park.)
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