Special Tour Of Elkhorn Ranch At Theodore Roosevelt National Park Coming Up

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Enjoy a day at TR's old ranch site in Theodore Roosevelt National Park/Kurt Repanshek

Combine a great, historic setting with some scholarly overview of Theodore Roosevelt's days in the badlands of North Dakota and you've got a great mix for a day at Theodore Roosevelt National Park.

Hosting the gathering on August 24 at the Elkhorn Ranch Unit of the park is the Friends of Theodore Roosevelt National Park. Theodore Roosevelt scholar and writer Clay Jenkinson will lead the tour, and will talk about Roosevelt’s time at the Elkhorn Ranch where many of his concerns gave rise to his later environmental efforts.

“The Elkhorn Ranch was Theodore Roosevelt’s home in the badlands,” said Theodore Roosevelt National Park Superintendent Valerie Naylor. “It is an important part of North Dakota history and is a very significant national site.”

Superintendent Naylor will also be on the tour to answer questions about the site and current threats to its preservation. Participants will be transported from the park’s South Unit Visitor Center at 9 a.m. and will return at approximately 2:15 p.m. MDT. The trip requires walking just over one mile on a level, grassy surface. Transportation and lunch are included.

The Friends Group requests $35 to help offset costs. Participants should wear good walking shoes and bring water and sunscreen. Reservations are requested, as the tour size is limited. Please RSVP to friendsoftr@hotmail.com or call Amy McCann at 710-213-1670 by August 20 if you would like to attend.

“The Elkhorn Ranch is a hidden gem in the beautiful North Dakota badlands, and a place of great national significance,” said Friends of Theodore Roosevelt National Park President Joe Satrom. “We would like to give people the opportunity to experience its untouched beauty and solitude and understand the importance of its preservation.”

Friends of Theodore Roosevelt National Park is a non-profit partner of Theodore Roosevelt National Park. Its mission is to support the natural, scenic, and cultural resources of the three units of the park and the Little Missouri River that unites them in the badlands of North Dakota. For more information, please visit www.friendsoftr.org.