Breakfast at the Painted Canyon

Theodore Roosevelt once said the badlands were “so fantastically broken in form and so bizarre in color as to seem hardly properly to belong to this earth.”

We decided to visit Teddy’s Painted Canyon overlook one morning on our drive to the Enchanted Highway and we were not disappointed. The cool wind lifted our hair and the sun painted the red brown rocks in a variety of colors. We hiked down a short path and sat above a martin colony. We ate our breakfast of coffee and donuts and delightedly watched them feed on the morning mosquitoes and gnats gathering at the rim of the canyon.

Dozens of dive bombing birds and one of the best breakfast views we’ve had. This is a not-to-miss stop on your way to, or from, western North Dakota. More info here.