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Forum News Service, Published June 25 2013

Painted Canyon staying open an extra month

DICKINSON, N.D. - The Painted Canyon Overlook will now be open until November.

A one-month extension of the operating hours for the scenic rest area off Interstate 94 just east of Medora was made possible through a donation from the Theodore Roosevelt Medora Foundation, according to a release Tuesday from the office of Sen. John Hoeven, R-N.D.

“We are grateful that the community has come together and found a way to keep the Painted Canyon Overlook open longer,” Hoeven said in a statement. “We appreciate the Theodore Roosevelt Medora Foundation for securing the additional funding to ensure that the public can enjoy the beauty of our Badlands for an additional month.”

Because of budget concerns caused by the so-called federal sequestration this year, Theodore Roosevelt National Park officials had announced that the overlook would not be open for its regular hours this summer. But Hoeven initiated a working group that included local and state leaders in an attempt to keep the canyon open following the announcement.

Open since late May, the canyon features a visitors center that is staffed by park employees from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday during the summer.