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Theodore Roosevelt National Park Fees & Reservations

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Stephen at Theodore Roosevelt National Park

Stephen at Theodore Roosevelt National Park (Photo credit: J. Stephen Conn)

You must pay an entrance fee to visit Theodore Roosevelt National Park, but don’t despair, just like all of the other paying National Parks you don’t half get a lot for your dollar!

  • Private Vehicle – this includes private cars, trucks etc and their passengers, as well as motorcycles. The charge is $10 per vehicle, which covers both the North Unit and the South Unit and is valid for 7 days.
  • Individual – anyone entering the park on foot, bicycle, horseback etc, or traveling in a non-commercial organized group need to pay $5 each, which again is valid for the North Unit and the South Unit for 7 days. Children and young people under the age of 16 years do not have to pay to enter the park.
  • Annual Pass – if you’re one of the lucky ones who can visit the park frequently throughout the year then you ought to purchase an annual pass, it’s only $20 and is valid for a full 12 months from the month of purchase.
Commercial vehicles entering Theodore Roosevelt National Park have a different set of fees, which is completely dependent upon the passenger carrying capacity of the vehicle.
  • Vehicles which can carry 1 – 6 passengers – $25 per vehicle plus $5 per passenger
  • Vehicles which can carry 7 – 15 passengers – $50 per vehicle
  • Vehicles which can carry 16 – 25 passengers – $60 per vehicle
  • Vehicles which can carry more than 25 passengers – $150 per vehicle
Theodore Roosevelt National Park Fee Free Days
Although the entrance fees to Theodore Roosevelt National Park are very reasonable indeed, some days you get get into the park for nothing at all. There are certain fee free days every year, the following dates are for the 2012 season, so for subsequent years the dates may change slightly but the days are generally around the same.
  • Martin Luther King Jr Weekend – 14 – 16 January
  • National Park Week – 21 – 29 April
  • Get Outdoors Day – 9 June
  • National Public Lands Day – 29 September
  • Veterans Day Weekend – 10 – 12 November
During these times entrance to the park is absolutely free, but you will still have to pay for other stuff like camping, tours etc.

Camping in Theodore Roosevelt National Park

If you want to take a camping trip then Theodore Roosevelt National Park is a great choice.  There are two regular developed campgrounds at the park, plus a horse campground – Theodore Roosevelt National Park is just a great place to go horseback riding.

Cottonwood Campground – South Unit

  • Open all year round
  • 76 sites including pull through, walk in and back in.
  • 1 Group site
  • Reservations accepted for group site only
  • Individual sites only on first come, first served basis
  • $10 per night peak season
  • $5 per night off season
  • Group site $20 per night or $2 per person – whichever is higher
  • Group site for 7 – 20 people
  • 6 persons or one family per site
  • Flush toilets available in peak season
  • Pit toilets available year round
  • Water spigots for drinking water
  • No showers
  • Water fill station
  • No dump station or hook-ups

Juniper Campground – North Unit

  • Open all year round
  • 50 sites including pull through and back in sites
  • 1 Group site
  • Reservations accepted for group site only
  • Individual sites on first come, first served basis
  • $10 per night peak season
  • $5 per night off season
  • 6 persons or one family per night
  • Group site $20 per night or $2 per person – whichever is higher
  • Group site for 7 – 60 people
  • Flush toilets peak season
  • Pit toilets all year round
  • Drinking water from spigots
  • No showers
  • 1 Picnic table per site
  • 1 grill per site
  • Dump station available during peak season
  • Water fill station
  • No hook-ups
Camping Regulations at Theodore Roosevelt National Park
These are the general rules for campers at both Cottonwood and Juniper Campgrounds – well, some of them anyway, check out the full set of camp rules before your trip.
  • Check out time 12 noon
  • Sites limited to 1 family or 6 persons, plus two vehicles
  • Walk in sites limited to 1 vehicle only
  • Maximum of 15 days camping per trip
  • Maximum of 30 days camping per year
  • Campfires permitted in designated grills/fire rings only, or portable fire pans
  • Never leave a fire unattended
  • You are not permitted to gather firewood in the park
  • Quiet hours between 10pm and 6am
  • Picnic areas closed during quiet hours
  • No radios or audio devices permitted during quiet hours
  • Generators permitted between 8am and 8pm.
  • All generators to be fitted with muffler
  • All pets must be kept on a leash at all times

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