National Park Wilderness Hike Highlights Backcountry Springs

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Fresh water springs are few and far between in the badlands of Theodore Roosevelt National Park, but they are an important source of water this dry environment. A Wilderness Hike to one of the natural springs in the park's designated wilderness will be offered on Sunday, July 1.

"Backcountry springs sustain a wide variety of wildlife and plants in the park," said Superintendent Valerie Naylor. "This hike will be an excellent opportunity to spend some time with a ranger while exploring the challenges of life in the badlands."

Hikers should meet at the picnic area near the amphitheater in the Juniper Campground in the park's North Unit at 9:00 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 August 5 and September 2.

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