Entering North Dakota from the west on I-94 soon brings you to the town of Medora and Theodore Roosevelt National Park. We’ve decided to try and take every opportunity to see National Parks and National Monuments (see our list), plus we’re always on the lookout for locations on the National Registry of Historic Places and other interesting landmarks or roadside attractions.
We arrived at the southern visitor’s center and took the tour of Roosevelt’s Maltese Cross Cabin. Roosevelt used the cabin before he was president and it was moved to this location for preservation. The cabin has the Maltese cross brand in a log, which was the ranch Roosevelt first bought when he fell in love with the area. The cabin is now a national landmark and is furnished with many of Roosevelt’s personal belongings.
We entered the park and drove the 37-mile scenic loop. The land is beautiful and has layers of color and interesting geologic formations. A highlight was encountering feral horses, which we hadn’t seen yet.