If you find yourself in North Dakota this summer, consider heading to Theodore Roosevelt National Park to join a ranger-led hike into the park.
The first of six "Wilderness Hikes" is this Sunday, May 27. This springtime outing will highlight early wildflowers, a symphony of sounds as migratory birds return to their favorite nesting areas, and newborn wildlife.
“The park’s backcountry is beautiful this time of year, and the hike will take people where they might not go on their own,” said Superintendent Valerie Naylor. “This is a great opportunity for visitors to spend part of Memorial Day weekend experiencing the sights and sounds of the season with a park ranger.”
Hikers should meet at the picnic area in the Juniper Campground in the park’s North Unit at 9 a.m. CDT. Group size and weather conditions will determine the length and time of the hike, which could last from 4 to 6 hours and cover 2 to 6 miles. Participants should be prepared for strenuous hiking and wear sturdy boots and durable clothes.
It is essential that each person bring plenty of drinking water, food, sunscreen, and insect repellent. Binoculars, cameras, and a favorite poem or quote are also encouraged.
In the case of extreme weather, the hike may be cancelled; please call the North Unit Visitor Center at 701-842-2333 for current information.
Additional Wilderness Hikes will be offered on June 9 (National Get Outdoors Day), July 8, August 5, and September 2.