First, the St. Croix National Scenic Riverway in Minnesota and Wisconsin will not hiring nine park rangers this summers, a short article can be found here. The rangers there are responsible for tasks that include law enforcement, safety, and monitoring invasive species among numerous other examples.
|Sign at the Painted Canyon Overlook|
|Sunrise at the Painted Canyon Overlook|
|Late Morning from the Painted Canyon Overlook|
It was the Little Missouri river that was primarily responsible for forming the landscape seen at the overlook. Approximate rates over erosion of the Little Missouri are between 1-3 cm for every 100 years. According to the North Dakota Geological Survey, since the end of glaciation, approximately 200 km3 of sediment have been eroded and carried away from the area, eventually to the Gulf of Mexico via the Mississippi River.
Of course, for people who have a few hours or days, they can still visit the Theodore Roosevelt National Park. It's unfortunate that the overlook will not be open for those who need a short break from the road and as a result, will not see one of North Dakota's best views.