Theodore Roosevelt National Park (South Unit)
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I landed in Bismarck a little past noon. Since I was headed to southwestern North Dakota, I picked up another hour going from Central to Mountain Standard Time. And on top of that, the days are extra long this far north in early July. The sun was bright at 5:30 AM (no clue hour early it actually came up), and even though official sunset was 9 PM, it was still fairly light at 10 PM because it takes the sun forever to set in this area. So that meant I had a full day of hiking available. After stopping on my way to check into my hotel in Dickinson, I kept heading west to Medora and the South Unit of Theodore Roosevelt Nation Park.
As I continued the loop, I came upon a loan bison standing in front of a badlands slough. It was the only one I saw in the South Unit, but I saw many the next day in the North Unit. There were plenty of prairie dogs in the South Unit though. And I saw wild horses on more than one occasion.