Theodore Roosevelt National Park | Summer 2016

This is the first in a series of photo collections cataloguing my visits to the National Parks in the USA.

For as long as I can remember, I've loved the National Parks. In the Summer / Fall of 2016 I took a long "tour de parks", and I planned my first night camping in my first park to coincide with the 100th Anniversary of the National Parks Service (8/25/1916 - 8/25/2016). I set up my campsite at the Cottonwood campground in Theodore Roosevelt National Park (South Unit) and then went to the night program led by a Park Ranger and a Roosevelt historian. It was the perfect way to spend the night. As I fell asleep, I was strangely comforted by the sound of coyotes howling.

The Badlands are actually very good. I’m so grateful people like Teddy Roosevelt supported this idea to put a “brake on the wheel” of progress and industry and expansion…I think we really do need places like this. One out of an abundance of relevant quotes from our 26th President regarding set aside public lands, including this park which preserves land he frequented and loved: "Of all the questions which can come before this nation, short of the actual preservation of its existence in a great war, there is none which compares in importance with the great central task of leaving this land even a better land for our descendants than it is for us."

Oh, and, #LETTEDDYWIN.

Theodore Roosevelt National Park became the 38th National Park on November 10, 1978, and is located in Medora, ND.

All pictures by Karl Magnuson
Canon 6D, Canon 60D

Canon EF 17-40mm f/4L, Canon EF 50mm f/1.2L