The North Dakota Badlands cover the southwestern third of the state and are part of a larger range of badlands which stretch south to White Butte and into South Dakota’s Badlands National Park. These photos were taken in the South Unit of Theodore Roosevelt National Park, near Medora, North Dakota.
There is a certain romance in the landscape of badlands, and North Dakota’s are no exception. You can’t help but be reminded of the all the moments in cinema history where the badlands were the backdrop, from westerns to post-apocalyptic thrillers.
Many of these photos are featured in our second book, Ghosts of North Dakota, Volume 2.
Scoria Point Overlook
This is the Maltese Cross Cabin at the entrance to the south unit of Theodore Roosevelt National Park. Theodore Roosevelt stayed here in 1883.
The cabin’s original location was seven miles south of Medora.
The Marquis de Mores’ meat-packing plant once stood here. Now only the chimney remains.
This gentleman does a fantastic Theodore Roosevelt, right down to his turn of the century manner of speech.
Photos by Troy Larson and Terry Hinnenkamp, copyright Sonic Tremor Media LLC
Troy Larson is an author, photographer, gentleman adventurer (debatable) from Fargo, North Dakota, and co-founder of Ghosts of North Dakota. @NorthDakotaTroy