Just South of Watford City, we came across an unexpected sight, the North Dakota Badlands. Pulling off at Badlands Panorama, we could see rock and canyon formations, much more similar to those we have near Drumheller, Alberta.
The area is dry today, but years ago, rivers carved out these stunning rock formations. In September 1883, Teddy Roosevelt came to North Dakota to hunt bison and find himself after the deaths of his mother and wife in the same day, that year. He got his bison and fell in love with the rugged lifestyle and freedom of the area. He became a rancher in the area, later stating that if not for his time in North Dakota, he would never have become President of the U.S. from 1901-1909. (Source:Wikitravel & Wikipedia).
The area was indeed quite beautiful, but very desolate and windy this day, so we drove on to seek excitement in Watford City. More on this later.