My first stop was at Theodore Roosevelt National Park. This park is one that I had heard of before had always meant to visit at some point but never had any specific plans to do so. So when I saw the sign for Painted Canyon along I-94 in western North Dakota I stopped.
The Painted Canyon section is more like a rest area. There is a parking area, a small visitor center with an information and gift shop areas, some picnic shelters and a hiking trail down into the canyon. It was mid afternoon when I arrived so the colors weren't that great. Still, it was my first park and a taste of what was to come. There is no admission fee to this area of the park.