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Contact: Bradley Block, 605-673-8330
Custer, SD – Numerous parks and public lands are celebrating National Trails Day® this Saturday, June 6. Organized by the American Hiking Society, the 23rd annual National Trails Day is set to kick off this weekend with events at numerous recreational sites in all 50 states.
Hike the “Roof” of Jewel Cave at 10:30 a.m. This easy trail takes participants through a one-quarter mile of ponderosa pine forest, with scenic views of nearby Lithograph and Hell Canyons. The trail meanders along a natural path, which is perfect for families with young children. Along the route, hikers have the opportunity to witness the natural features that are symbolic to the Black Hills: dense timber stands, open meadows, forest wildflowers, and wildland fire scars that run through the rocky limestone canyons.
Trek the Canyons Trail begins at 1:30 p.m. This adventurous hike into the backcountry of Jewel Cave National Monument ventures along a natural trail with multiple interpretative stops. Ranging from the obvious fire scars to hands-on management practices on site, a park ranger will offer insight into the stories behind the scenery. Participants should wear sturdy hiking shoes, bring sunscreen, and furnish their own water and snacks.
Superintendent Larry Johnson states, “National Trails Day is our first special event for the summer season. It traditionally has witnessed a lot of local park enthusiasts and early summer visitors. With our recent weather, the trail areas are showcasing several wildflowers. Hike for the scenery; hike for the education; hike for some physical activity.”
There is no pre-registration for either event; participants meet at the visitor center located 13 miles west of Custer, SD and 24 miles east of Newcastle, Wyoming on Hwy 16.
For more information, contact the visitor center at (605) 673-8300 or visit the Monument online at www.nps.gov/jeca. For other NTD hikes in the local area, visit the American Hiking Society online at www.americanhiking.org and select South Dakota.