Refuge of the American Spirit
Visitor Center Interpretive Film
The words of our nation’s “Conservationist President” are woven together with scenes of his beloved North Dakota badlands, a place “so fantastically broken in form and so bizarre in color as to seem hardly properly to belong to this earth.”
We shot across the four seasons, retraced TR's path on horseback, and skimmed over treetops in a hot air balloon—all to capture the harsh extremes and enduring beauty that shaped the policies of the future president. Famed western author Terry Tempest Williams narrates the film, truly bringing to life the story of this amazing place.