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Head Into The Wilderness Of Theodore Roosevelt National Park This Sunday


Sunday offers you the last chance to go on a ranger-led hike in the North Unit of Theodore Roosevelt National Park. Kurt Repanshek photo.

If you're planning to be in North Dakota this coming weekend, celebrate the Labor Day holiday with a hike into the backcountry of Theodore Roosevelt National Park on Sunday.

The hike in the park’s North Unit will be the last ranger-led hike of the 2012 summer season. There will be several hiking options for visitors to consider, including searching for bighorn sheep, hiking to a backcountry spring, or venturing to the park’s most scenic bentonite ridge.

The decision of where to hike will be made the morning of the hike. Other considerations determining the hike’s destination will be the number of participants and weather conditions. The hike could last from 4 to 6 hours and cover 2 to 6 miles.

Hikers should meet at the picnic area in the Juniper Campground at 9 a.m. CDT. Participants should be prepared for a moderately strenuous hike and wear sturdy boots and clothes appropriate for the weather. Everyone should bring plenty of drinking water, food, sunscreen, and insect repellent.

“Late summer is a beautiful time to hike in the park,” said Superintendent Valerie Naylor. “This will be a great opportunity for visitors to experience the Theodore Roosevelt Wilderness Area and see some spectacular scenery and wildlife.”

Visitors are encouraged to bring binoculars, cameras, and a favorite poem or quote. 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.

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