Belfield in Stark County, North Dakota — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
Welcome to Painted Canyon – A View into Theodore Roosevelt National Park
Painted Canyon . . . the name itself evokes an image of color and light playing across the face of a wild and broken land. Of the countless individuals who have stood transfixed at the canyon rim – Native Americans, fur traders, a cavalry general, a man who would become the 26th President, naturalists, travelers, and writers – all have tried to express the feeling of the moment.
After you have enjoyed the scenic view, we invite you to visit the other areas of Theodore Roosevelt National Park. If you are traveling west, take exit 7, seven miles west of here, and follow the signs to Theodore Roosevelt National Park’s South Unit. The main visitor center is in the pioneer cattle town of Medora. It offers a museum, theater, and the Maltese Cross Ranch Cabin, Roosevelt’s first home in the badlands. A 36-mile scenic drive begins from that point. If you are traveling east, take exit 10 at Belfield, ND, and travel north on US 85 to the North Unit, a distance of 62 miles from here. A visitor center, exhibits, and a 13-mile scenic drive are available there.
“This broken country extends back from the river for many miles, and has been called always by Indians, French Voyagers, and American trappers alike, the ‘Bad Lands’, ” . . . Theodore Roosevelt, 1885
Location. 46° 53.739′ N, 103° 22.932′ W. Marker is in Belfield, North Dakota, in Stark County. Marker can be reached from Interstate 94, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is located along a trail behind the Painted Canyon Visitor Center in Theodore Roosevelt National Park. Marker is in this post office area: Belfield ND 58622, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 7 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The Badlands (within shouting distance of this marker); Time Travel on the Custer Trail (within shouting distance of this marker); The Soldiers and the Sioux (within shouting distance of this marker); Dude on the Frontier (within shouting distance of this marker); Invasion Confronted (within shouting distance of this marker); Invader on the Badlands (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); North Dakota Badlands (approx. 5.9 miles away); Von Hoffman House (approx. 6.7 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Belfield.
More about this marker. A map on the right side of the marker shows the various units of Theodore Roosevelt National Park.
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on August 15, 2015, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 251 times since then and 20 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on August 15, 2015, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.