Theodore Roosevelt National Park

Theodore Roosevelt first came to the badlands in September 1883 on a hunting trip. While here he became interested in the cattle business and invested in the Maltese Cross Ranch. He returned the next year and established the Elkhorn Ranch. Years later he stated several times, “I never would have been President if it had not been for my experiences in North Dakota.” Maltese Cross Cabin – Built during the winter of 1883-84, the Maltese Cross Cabin was Theodore Roosevelt’s first home in Dakota Territory. Guided tours of TR’s cabin are scheduled daily mid-June through Labor Day. It is open for self-guided viewing the rest of the year. Wildlife Viewing – The Little Missouri River has shaped the land which is home to a variety of prairie plants and animals including bison, elk and feral (wild) horses.