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Old 07-19-2015, 10:36 AM   #1
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we're heading to Theodore Roosevelt Nat'l Park in North Dakota -- We were there 25 years ago, but now Cottonwood Campground is half reservations. Does anyone have any advice? There is another campground in the park that is totally first come. I think that is at the north end.
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Old 07-19-2015, 10:55 AM   #2
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Never been but ultimatecampground.com shows USFS CGs as first come, Elkhorn 9 RV, Magpie 11, Burning gap 37, Wannagan 10, also Burning Coal Vein south of 94 has 5, all first come fist served. Burning Gap is the closest to 94 and Cottonwood. A few SP's, Camels Hump, Sully Creek, and Belfield Dam, also one county park in Medora City. The later ones obviously outside the NP, and all take reservations.
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we're heading to Theodore Roosevelt Nat'l Park in North Dakota -- We were there 25 years ago, but now Cottonwood Campground is half reservations. Does anyone have any advice? There is another campground in the park that is totally first come. I think that is at the north end.
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If you can't get into Cottenwood (which would be my first choice), my recollection is that there is a city or county park that is very near. Also Sully creek state rec area is a couple of miles south of town. Primitive camp sites often used by horse and mountain bike people.

Last time I came through Medora was on a bicycle and stayed at Red Trail Campground. Kind of expensive but convenient and nice folks.

Enjoy the park. see the Chateau de More (sp?). I thought the musical was too schlocky, but enjoyed a good dinner at the hotel.

If you don't have your heart set on staying near Medora, there is a nice campground in the north unit of the park. Juniper campground. Closer to Watford City than Medora. So you are closer to the Bakken oil patch. But my brother tells me the oil frenzy has calmed down a bit. Haliburton has laid off several people in Dickenson where he lives
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Old 07-19-2015, 02:58 PM   #4
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Stayed at the Juniper campsite in the North Unit two weeks ago. We plan to return as it fits our style of camping. No hookups - nice campsites - no crowds - and good destinations in the park for birding and sightseeing.
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Old 07-24-2015, 08:48 PM   #5
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We ended up at cottonwood but got the last available site. The new reservation system makes things difficult. The host said he is disgusted with it. A ny way we saw lots of great scenery and herds of bison and even some wild horses. And also met an Escape 19 owner. It really is a community. Same thing happeNed in the Tetons when we met an Escape 17 ow ner. I would have liked to go to the northern unit but we are kind of on a direct route home now
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So curious -- did you feel the impact of the oil patch in the park?

We actually got MARRIED in that campground. No, really! By the Medora justice of the peace. A park intern was our witness

Much love for that place, but have been afraid to go back due the oil stuff -- when we were married 14 years ago, it was forgotten and quiet in the very best way.
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We were not aware of the oil patch while we were in the North Unit of Theodore Roosevelt National Park. Definitely aware of it beyond the park boundaries. What a zoo!
The National Park was a wonderful refuge.
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Just saw this now -- we knew about the oil patch, but didn't experience any problems outside the park and definitely not inside the park. Except for the craziness about getting a campsite which is due to the new reservation system, this park feels undiscovered (and certainly if you get there by mid afternoon there should be no problems). No traffic jams over wildlife -- no filled up parking lots like in Yellowstone -- and not nearly as many people as in the South Dakota Badlands. Thinking about it, I suppose it's possible that the new reservation system is a result of the workers needing some place to stay, but probably not, since it's not convenient to the oil and gas fields and doesn't have hookups.
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That's so good to know. I am curious how much more visitor traffic there is overall -- sounds like it's still relatively quiet, but when we were married there I think it was the least visited of all the park properties, and we were pretty tickled by that . I doubt that's still the case. Anyway, if you're in the area, be sure to drive the Enchanted Highway, which is east of Dickinson and runs down to Regent. A really great project.
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I wonder if it is quieter now (with the drop in oil prices slowing new fracking in the area) than it was a year or 2 ago? New York Times had a article at the peak about people flocking to the area and I believe that the campgrounds were full of folks seeking work there.
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