Part of Theodore Roosevelt National Park road closed

Published: May. 17, 2019 at 3:46 PM CDT
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You can plenty of beautiful scenery when driving through Theodore Roosevelt National Park. Unfortunately, you won't be able to make it all the way through in a straight shot for a while.

If you’re thinking about visiting TRNP, you may have to plan your visit a little differently this time around.

There was a culvert under a road and park rangers say it's been a problem over the past few years.

"With winter and spring, freezing and thawing, and moisture build up, eventually the road started to sink," said Grant Geis, park ranger.

Geis says it's quickly progressed and this erosion has just happened in the past couple of days.

"It's the badlands, it's unfortunate that it's happened, but it's nature," said Geis.

The superintendent of the park says this has happened before in the past and it's because the badlands consists of expansive soil.

"And that includes clays, and different types of soils that absorb water and expand when they absorb water," said Wendy Ross, superintendent of TRNP.

Ross says visitors can still access the park through the north entrance.

"In the south unit, we have the loop road which many people think is closed now, the whole loop road. But it's a very small section that is closed, people can still go into the park they can turn at the junction and they can almost go around the whole loop they just have to come back the same way," said Ross.

Ross says she doesn't believe this road closure will affect visitors this summer with only about 5 miles being closed, but the area is closed off to everyone until further notice.

Visitors can still enter through the Medora entrance or the north entrance.

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