Roving Rangers

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Roving Rangers programs are presented through a partnership between the National Park Service and the U.S. Forest Service. Rangers and volunteers from the Flagstaff Area National Monuments and the Coconino National Forest provide programs in the monuments, on trails, and in campgrounds surrounding Flagstaff, Arizona. These talks, hikes, and campfire programs are a fun and entertaining way to experience and learn about the great outdoors with family, friends, and your neighborly park ranger. Come exploring with us today!
 

Special Programs

Follow a link below to go directly to a listing of programs being offered for a certain time frame. Check here frequently, as we will add more dates when new programs are scheduled!

June 22-23, 2018
June 29-30, 2018
July 6-7, 2018


You can learn more about the Roving Rangers program itself at the bottom of this page.
 
a concrete seating area situated among volcanic cinders and pine trees at the base of a cinder cone volcano
The Lava Flow Trail Amphitheater at Sunset Crater Volcano National Monument.

NPS / C. Griffing

June 22-23, 2018

Evening Ranger Talk
Friday, June 22nd • Bonito Campground Amphitheater • 8:00–8:45 p.m.
A History of Railroads and National Park Lodges. Come take part in a virtual tour of the western national parks with Volunteer Ranger Eric Zeliff, and learn how railroads played a key role in the development of tourism.

Evening Ranger Talk
Saturday, June 23nd • Pine Grove Campground Amphitheater • 8:00–8:45 p.m.
A History of Native American Tribes and Their Connection to the Southwest Region. Join Ranger John Begay, a Navajo and indigenous tribal member of the area to share his cultural teachings and traditional background. He will also share Native American history going back thousands of years. From the first Paleo-Indians crossing the Bering Strait into the Americas to the present with modern-day tribes still thriving in the Southwest.

 
Yellow flowers and native grasses catch the fading rays of the setting sun at the edge of a forest meadow
Bonito Meadow walks in late summer reveal a myriad of wildflowers and native grasses like these sunflowers and black grama.

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June 29-30, 2018

Evening Ranger Talk
Friday, June 29th • Bonito Campground Amphitheater • 8:00–8:45 p.m.
A History of Native American Tribes and Their Connection to the Southwest Region. Join Ranger John Begay, a Navajo and indigenous tribal member of the area to share his cultural teachings and traditional background. He will also share Native American history going back thousands of years. From the first Paleo-Indians crossing the Bering Strait into the Americas to the present with modern-day tribes still thriving in the Southwest.

Evening Ranger Talk
Friday, June 29th • Pine Grove Campground Amphitheater • 8:00–8:45 p.m.
The Uncommon Raven. Although common in number and distribution, Ravens are extraordinary in their intelligence, cunningness and ability to survive varying climates.

Guided Hike
Saturday, June 30th • Rogers Lake to Woody Mountain • 8:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

Bill and Ellen Wade will lead a 4 mile hike into the forest to visit the aspen ramada, with an optional trek to the top of Woody Mountain. Come prepared for rocky terrain and some elevation gain. Meet at the Rogers Lake Overlook on Woody Mountain Road, 3.5 miles beyond the Arboretum. For more information call (928) 637-5175.

Evening Ranger Talk

Saturday, June 30th • Bonito Campground Amphitheater • 8:00–8:45 p.m.
Picture Canyon & Flagstaff Wildlife Encounters. Join National Park Service volunteers Rick Ruess and Diana Henry to experience which critters live in our area full-time or just visit during their migration. Additional photos and materials will be on display for those who arrive early.

Evening Ranger Talk
Saturday, June 30th • Pine Grove Campground Amphitheater • 8:00–8:45 p.m.
Ancient Peoples in a Land Without Water. Trace the evolution of the Ancestral Puebloans as their lifestyle evolved, housing transformed to a more elaborate form and agriculture improved. Join Ranger Stephen Geddes at the amphitheater for this 45 minute program.
 
Smoke rises while molten lava spatters from a crack in the earth.
Some Roving Rangers programs tell about the geology of volcanoes and the many ways humans around the world have explained them.

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July 8-9, 2018

Evening Ranger Talk
Friday, July 6th • Bonito Campground Amphitheater • 8:00–8:45 p.m.
Ancient Peoples in a Land Without Water. Trace the evolution of the Ancestral Puebloans as their lifestyle evolved, housing transformed to a more elaborate form and agriculture improved. Join Ranger Stephen Geddes at the amphitheater for this 45 minute program.

Evening Ranger Talk
Saturday, July 7th • Pine Grove Campground Amphitheater • 8:00–8:45 p.m.
Stuff you can see in the Darkness of the Night. Come take aim at the night sky with you eagle eyes and see the wonders of our galaxy! This 45 minute entertaining talk will teach you how to look for and find the wonders of our universe with nothing more than a willing heart and keen eyes! Meet volunteer ranger and astronomer Pat Benson at the campground amphitheater.

Star Party
Saturday, July 7th • Sunset Crater Volcano Lava Flow Amphitheater • 8:00–10:30 p.m. .

Fantastically dark skies around Flagstaff make night the place to be! Come enjoy seeing the stars and hearing constellation stories delivered by Ranger Sophia Bechara from 8:00-8:45. Meet at the amphitheater. Telescope viewing and constellation tours will take place from 8:45-10:30 p.m.


 
Event Location
Events take place throughout Flagstaff, AZ. Directions to events can be obtained by calling (928) 526-0502 for further information.

What to Know Before You Go
Temperatures can vary; wear clothing that is appropriate for the weather; all events will be held outside. Visitors should also plan on bringing sun protection, comfortable walking shoes, water and snacks, and a camera. On the account of inclement/dangerous weather events may be cancelled.

For additional information on events or directions look up Roving Ranger happenings through one of the following sources:
www.nps.gov/sucr
www.fs.usda.gov/coconino
(928) 526-0502
 
Park rangers and volunteers stand talking in a volcanic landscape surrounded by lava and pine trees
Park rangers and Roving Rangers volunteers train throughout the season to share special places in the parks. These rangers take visitors on special excursions into backcountry Adventure Zones.

NPS / K. Ackerman

About the Roving Rangers


The Roving Rangers is a partnership team comprised of both rangers and volunteers from the National Park Service and the U.S. Forest Service. The group's mission is to provide free ranger programs in and around the Flagstaff area to provide visitors with fun, outdoor learning experiences. Roving Rangers try to bring understanding and inspiration to all ages, provoking citizens of the world to cherish nature and preserve natural and cultural resources.

The Roving Rangers Partnership was created in 1991 by U.S. Forest Service Ranger John Nelson and National Park Service Ranger Kim Watson. It is now in its 24th season and has delivered a multitude of guided walks and talks for visitors and residents of the Flagstaff area.

Where we Work

From Memorial Day through early September, the Roving Rangers lead programs each weekend at three local campgrounds. The partnership also provides an interpretive ranger at the top of the Arizona Snowbowl Scenic Skyride to answer questions and describe the natural history and panoramic views amid the spectacular San Francisco Peaks. Some of the most beloved programs include beautiful, exciting guided walks in Flagstaff's three, local national monuments and throughout hidden trails of the Coconino National Forest.

The Partnership

Roving Rangers is an example of a working, successful, public-private partnership. The National Park Service and U.S. Forest Service partner with Arizona Snowbowl and Recreation Resource Management (RRM). RRM is contracted by the U.S. Forest Service to run campgrounds in the Coconino National Forest and provide quality interpretation at Dairy Springs, Pine Grove, and Bonito Campgrounds. The partnership helps RRM fulfill their program requirements and enables NPS and USFS rangers to provide visitors with quality experiences.

Last updated: June 27, 2018

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

6400 U.S. 89
Flagstaff, AZ 86004

Phone:

(928) 526-0502

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