Roving Rangers

the National Park Service Arrowhead and U.S. Forest Service Shield logos
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!

August 24-25, 2018
August 31- September 1, 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

August 24-25, 2018

Evening Ranger Talk
Friday, August 24th • 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.

Guided Walk
Saturday, August 25th • Dairy Springs Campground • 3:00 p.m.

Dairy Springs Discovery Hike. Join Roving Ranger Richard McGaugh for a stroll from the Dairy Springs Campground. This guided walk will focus on the natural history of the area discussing topics ranging from trees to pine beetles.


Evening Ranger Talk
Saturday, August 25th • Pine Grove Campground Amphitheater • 8:00–8:45 p.m.
Cunning Coyote. Join volunteer rangers Allen and Karen Reed for a presentation on North America's most capable and misunderstood survivor. Bring your howling talent!
 
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.

NPS

August 31- September 1, 2018

Evening Ranger Talk
Friday, August 31st • Bonito Campground Amphitheater • 8:00–8:45 p.m.
Cunning Coyote. Join volunteer rangers Allen and Karen Reed for a presentation on North America's most capable and misunderstood survivor. Bring your howling talent!

Guided Walk
Saturday, September 1st • Dairy Springs Campground • 3:00 p.m.

Dairy Springs Discovery Hike. Join Roving Ranger Richard McGaugh for a stroll from the Dairy Springs Campground. This guided walk will focus on the natural and cultural history of the region.

Evening Ranger Talk
Saturday, September 1st • Pine Grove 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.

 
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.

USGS

September 14-15, 2018

 
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: August 23, 2018

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

6400 U.S. 89
Flagstaff, AZ 86004

Phone:

(928) 526-0502

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