Good question – they are quite similar, especially with all the workers running around with their Smokey the Bear Hats.
Here are 6 differences.
The South Unit is much older than the North Unit. Its features are more settled while the North Unit is still evolving and is more rugged.
The South Unit has bison, elk, deer and wild horses. The North Unit does not have wild horses, but instead, it has longhorn cattle, along with bison, elk, and deer.
The South Unit is almost twice as large as the North Unit. The South Unit: 46,158.57 acres. North Unit: 24,070.32.
There’s more traffic in the South Unit because it is more easily accessed at a popular town, (Medora) and it is on I-94. The North Unit is more remote and has less traffic. It’s about 15 miles from the nearest community (Watford City), so fewer people make the 50-mile drive up from I-94 to the North Unit.
The South Unit has a 36-mile loop and two entrances. The North Unit has one entrance and one 14-mile road in and out.
Both units have a variety of hiking trails to fit all levels of hikers. Because it’s a bit more rugged, the North Unit has a more rugged reputation, especially with its Achenbach Trail, which can be a two-day hike, crossing the Little Missouri River.
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