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Contact: Bradley Block, 605-673-8330
For the 8th consecutive year, Jewel Cave has partnered with the American Hiking Society to host ranger-guided hikes on National Trails Day. This year, the hikes take place on Saturday, June 3. The first hike starts at 10 a.m. and follows the one-quarter-mile Roof Trail near the visitor center. The second hike begins at 1 p.m. and treks the 3.5-mile Canyons Trail. Both activities are geared toward families with kids, although everyone is invited.
The Roof Trail is an easy trail and winds through a ponderosa pine forest. It offers participants a chance to observe a variety of natural features. The 3.5-mile Canyons Trail is easy to moderate and descends into Lithograph and Hell Canyons. It treks through an open meadow, surrounded by wildland fire scars.
Superintendent Bonnie Schwartz states, “National Trails Day is our first special event for the 2017 summer season. The trails are already showing several different species of wildflowers, and many migratory song birds have returned to the area. Early June is a great time to get outside and hike the Monument.”
Both hikes start at the Jewel Cave visitor center, located 13 miles west of Custer, SD and 24 miles east of Newcastle, Wyoming on Hwy 16. Reservations are not required, nor are there any fees associated with the hikes. Participants should dress according to the weather conditions and furnish their own snacks and beverages. Although both trails are considered easy, strollers and wheelchairs are not recommended. NOTE: All youth ages 16 or under need to be accompanied by a parent or adult guardian.