Come Ski, or Snowshoe, In Theodore Roosevelt National Park

Rangers will be leading snowshoe and cross-country ski treks in the North Unit of Theodore Roosevelt National Park. NPS photo.

Sure, it gets cold and snowy in North Dakota. That's why you have to keep moving when you're outdoors. At Theodore Roosevelt National Park, they'll help you stay warm by leading snowshoe and cross-country ski treks across the park's North Unit.

Rangers will be offering the tours on the next three Saturdays -- February 6, February 13, and February 20, weather permitting, of course. These 90-minute jaunts, which are scheduled to start at 1 p.m. CST on those dates, "will focus on the winter landscape and the ways that wildlife has adapted to winter in the badlands."

“The North Unit is beautiful in winter, but many people do not think about venturing out in the park this time of year,” says park Superintendent Valerie Naylor. “This is a great opportunity to see the park with a ranger while it’s quiet and snow-covered.”

Park officials say these outings are excellent opportunities for beginning and casual snowshoe walkers and cross-country skiers to experience the pleasure of a winter trek in the company of others. Participants should meet at the North Unit Visitor Center and will need to provide their own cross-country skis or snowshoes. Be sure to wear warm layered clothing and bring sunscreen, water, and a snack.

If extreme weather is forecast, activities may be canceled. Please call the North Unit Visitor Center at 701-842-2333 for additional information and current weather conditions.