Trails We Hiked in 2012 That We Think You'll Like

Few national park visits are complete without a hike of some distance and duration. We made the following hikes in the parks the past year, and think you'll find them interesting possibilities for 2013.

More Than Five Tons Of Elk Meat Donated To Needy Through Theodore Roosevelt National Park's Elk Reduction Program

More than five tons of meat has been donated to the needy through the elk reduction program at Theodore Roosevelt National Park.

Washington State Woman Takes Winning Photo For Theodore Roosevelt National Park Pass

A beautiful shot of the Little Missouri River has won the first annual "Picture Yourself in Theodore Roosevelt National Park" photo contest and will be placed on the park's 2013 annual pass.

Theodore Roosevelt National Park Working To Manage Elk Numbers

In an effort to keep their overall elk population between 100 and 400 individuals, crews at Theodore Roosevelt National Park have been culling some elk from the park in recent weeks.

Devils Tower National Monument, Badlands National Park, Theodore Roosevelt National Park All Listed Among Top 10 "Ecotourism" Destinations In Great Plains

Devils Tower National Monument, Badlands National Park, and Theodore Roosevelt National Park all have made it into the Center for Great Plains Studies' list of top "ecotourism" destinations in the Great Plains.

Midweek Trail Closures Coming To Some Areas Of Theodore Roosevelt National Park

Some midweek trail closures in the South Unit of Theodore Roosevelt National Park will be necessary through early December as elk culling operations resume.

North Unit Scenic Drive In Theodore Roosevelt National Park Reopens To End

The entire 14 miles of the North Unit Scenic Drive in Theodore Roosevelt National Park reopens to traffic today at 9 a.m. after road slumps back in August 2011 forced closure of the last 7 miles of the drive.

Trails I've Hiked: The Ridgeline Nature Trail At Theodore Roosevelt National Park

Badlands sprawled out in every direction I looked. East, west, south, or north, from the Ridgeline Trail in the South Unit of Theodore Roosevelt National Park it was easy to understand how the "badlands" term was coined.

Theodore Roosevelt National Park, North Dakota State Parks Feeling Pressures Of Energy Boom

On clear, calm nights, from the top of Buck Hill you can see them flickering off in the distance. Not campfires, but rather gas flares, emblematic of North Dakota's energy boom, glimmering after dark. Here, in the South Unit of Theodore Roosevelt National Park, the flares are just one sign of how the boom, spurred in large part by fracking, are impacting the park.

Weed Spraying At Theodore Roosevelt National Park On Monday

If you're planning to be in Theodore Roosevelt National Park on Monday, you might want to keep an eye out for aerial weed-spraying operations.