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Theodore Roosevelt Expressway Scenic Highway

69.1 miles: 1 hours, 7 minutes

Crossing western North Dakota on Theodore Roosevelt Expressway Scenic Highway is an unforgettable excursion that takes you through vast prairie lands and fascinating rocky vistas. More than 65 million years of erosion created flat-topped buttes and the rippled walls of canyons in hues of pewter gray, cobalt blue, deep orange-red and sunny yellow. At sunset, the rocks seem to come alive with color.

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US 85 passes through the North Unit of Theodore Roosevelt National Park, where foot and horse trails wind past grassy knolls, bare buttes and dramatic jagged rocks. You might spot bison, coyotes, deer, eagles, elk, jackrabbits, prairie dogs, wild horses and turkeys, all of which inhabit the park’s native prairie, sagebrush flats and wooded bottomland habitats.


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