Theodore Roosevelt National Park
The recent government shutdown put our trip to Theodore Roosevelt National Park in jeopardy. The night before the shutdown ended, we made the drive to northwestern North Dakota anyway, planning to hike into the park if it was still closed. Fortunately, the shutdown ended and the park opened the morning we arrived.
Hoping to see wild horses, buffalo, pronghorn and the other wildlife living in the park, I asked the ranger where the animals typically congregated. He said normally the southeast corner of the park would be our best bet, but that humans hadn’t been in the park for three weeks, so the animals were likely spread out over the entire area. He was definitely right. The highlight was a herd of bighorn sheep blocking the trail on our hike in the North Unit. I also saw my first mountain bluebird and northern harrier.