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Linda & David Aksomitis at Painted Canyon

Linda & David Aksomitis at Painted Canyon–a view into Roosevelt National Park.

Theodore Roosevelt ranched in the Badlands of North Dakota, describing the country in vivid detail in his 1885 book, Hunting Trips of a Ranchman.

That was, of course, before he became the 25th Vice President of the United States (1901) or the 26th President (1901-1909).

Roosevelt had arrived in the badlands to hunt a buffalo, but the young New York dude soon found himself drawn to North Dakota, where he took on the challenge of one of the West’s last frontiers.

He said: “This broken country extends back from the river for many miles, and has been called always, by Indians, French voyageurs, and American trappers alike, the ‘Bad Lands,’ partly from its dreary and forbidding aspect and partly from the difficulty experienced in travelling through it.”

Today it’s easy to travel the bad lands and walk through Roosevelt National Park, the Medora area that Roosevelt loved.


Painted Canyon Trail Head

Painted Canyon Trail Head


Painted Canyon Trail Head

Hiking start point into Painted Canyon Trail.


 Trail down into Painted Canyon.

Friends hiking the trail down into Painted Canyon.



Cactus plants and wild flowers

Cactus plants and wild flowers in Roosevelt National Park.


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Medora, North Dakota

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