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Address: Theodore Roosevelt National Park, ND
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+1 701-575-4020

Begin your visit to the Teddy Roosevelt National Park with a spectacular...

Begin your visit to the Teddy Roosevelt National Park with a spectacular view of the Badlands, a flat desert landscape broken by petrified wood and rock formations.

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So pretty

We live about 40 miles from this. It's a beautiful site. The best thing is to use the sun at dawn or dusk to fully view the splendor as it allows the crevices and contours and... read more

Reviewed 9 April 2017
Stephanie A
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Reviewed 9 April 2017 via mobile

We live about 40 miles from this. It's a beautiful site. The best thing is to use the sun at dawn or dusk to fully view the splendor as it allows the crevices and contours and colors to show. It also doesn't take long to view. There is a short hike available but beware of snakes! We like to hike... More 

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Omaha, Nebraska
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Reviewed 25 October 2016

Painted Canyon overlook is a must-see stop if you're near. It's right off I-94 and has a visitor's center with some gifts, bathroom, and information. Large parking lot and no cost. Stop by and take some pictures for sure.

1 Thank IAmElaineBenes
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Reviewed 16 October 2016

This is one of those breath taking stops that you must see. The vast chasm before you will have you camera working overtime. The rock formations and colors are phenomenal and worth pulling off the interstate. Besides there is also bathrooms facilities, tourist info and a gift shop -- so get out and stretch your legs. Watch for buffalo --... More 

1 Thank Peter R
Seneca, South Carolina
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 139 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 October 2016

The Painted Canyon Overlook is your first real glimpse of the majesty of the North Dakota Badlands! The overlook has parking, a visitor center and a breathtaking scenic view. The staff in the visitor's center are friendly, professional and eager to help. Well worth the short detour off of I-94. Stop here for one of the most magnificent views of... More 

1 Thank BeachGrandmax4
Bloomington, Minnesota
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Reviewed 21 September 2016

The Painted Canyon is viewed from the rest area just west of Medora on Interstate 94. Most people don't expect such a site in North Dakota. The Painted Canyon really isn't a canyon at all. It is part of the North Dakota Badlands with colorful formations. While the canyon can be viewed from the rest area, there are also trails... More 

1 Thank MN_Fernando
Mukilteo, Washington
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Reviewed 10 September 2016

This was a stop on our road trip that we just went to as it was on the way. We can say without a doubt the we would add this to our next trip as it is beautiful, so many different formations each with a different color and a road that winds through the Canyon to the overlook. Along the... More 

1 Thank mukilteomike44
Oakmont, Pennsylvania
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Reviewed 8 September 2016 via mobile

We visited Theodore National Park on a rainy day. We were disappointed that we couldn't do much hiking. The rain let up as we were leaving so we decided to drive the 5 miles down I-94 to Painted Canyon. There is no entrance fee, which is nice. There was much evidence of previous bison visits. Well, we decided to hike... More 

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Buffalo, Wyoming
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Reviewed 7 September 2016

We did not know about the Painted Canyon Overlook. We stumbled upon it while on I-94. Luckily we were there early evening and took some wonderful sun setting pictures. It is worth the stop. Nice rest stop and place to stretch your legs.

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Council Bluffs, IA
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Reviewed 2 September 2016

This is like a rest stop on I-94 worth a stop if traveling in the area. Beautiful view of the North Dakota Badlands. There is no park entrance fee for this Visitors Center.

Thank Don T
Leonardtown, Maryland
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Reviewed 29 August 2016

Stopped in here on the way to Theodore Roosevelt National Park. Enjoyed watching the bison move thru the overlook as we entered and got some great photos from the overlook in the morning light!

Thank Rick M

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