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

Roving Ranger programs are held weekly from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend within the Flagstaff Area National Monuments and the Coconino National Forest. Join us for one of the programs listed below to learn more about the natural and cultural history of Northern Arizona.


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

July 12-13, 2019

Evening Ranger Program
Friday, July 12th • Bonito Campground Amphitheater • 8:00 p.m–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, July 13th Ranger Cabin Hike from 9:30 a.m.-10:15 p.m.

Ranger Cabin Hike at Walnut Canyon National Monument, 9:30 a.m. -10:15 a.m. Join a ranger as you hike to the historic Cliffs Ranger Cabin. Learn about the natural and cultural history of Walnut Canyon and early preservation efforts. 1.5 miles round trip. Please bring water, snacks and sturdy hiking shoes. Visitors will be able to walk out to the cabin independently from 9:45-11:15. A ranger will be stationed at the cabin during this time to answer questions. Park entrance fees apply.


Guided Walk
Saturday, July 13th • Dairy Springs Campground • 3:00 p.m.–3:45 p.m.

Guided Nature Walk at the Dairy Springs Campground, 3:00 p.m. – 3:45 p.m. A family-friendly 1/2-mile stroll around the Dairy Springs Loop Trail with Ranger Paul Agnew. The walk begins at the campground amphitheater. No dogs please.


Evening Ranger Program
Saturday, July 13th • Bonito Campground Amphitheater • 8:00p.m.–8:45 p.m.
Owls of Arizona and their Amazing Adaptations
. We will explore human relationship with owls from ancient beliefs to modern popular culture. In addition we will examine the adaptations that make them such successful predators. The program will be held at the campground amphitheater.

 
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

July 19- July 20, 2019

Evening Ranger Talk
Friday, July 19th • Bonito Campground Amphitheater • 8:00–8:45 p.m.
Fire and Desire, Making a Home in the Mountains will be presented by Ranger Bill Quade. Our little portion of the world hosts 600+ volcanoes, diverse Native cultures, and the largest contiguous Ponderosa forest in the world. The program will be held in the campground amphitheater.


Guided Walk
Saturday, July 20th • Dairy Springs Campground • 3:00 - 3:45 p.m.

Join volunteer rangers for a family-friendly 1/2 mile stroll along the Dairy Springs Loop Trail, and learn about the clues that indicate the health of the forest. The hike begins at the campground amphitheater. No dogs please.

Evening Ranger Talk
Saturday, July 20th • Pine Grove Campground Amphitheater • 8:00–8:45 p.m.

Owls of Arizona and their Amazing Adaptations. We will explore human relationship with owls from ancient beliefs to modern popular culture. In addition we will examine the adaptations that make them such successful predators. The program will be held at the campground amphitheater.

 
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

July 26-27 2019


Evening Ranger Talk
Friday, July 26th • Bonito Campground Amphitheater • 8:00–8:45 p.m.

Flagstaff Wildlife Encounters & Avoiding Unintended Consequences. Enjoy wildlife photographs and videos taken in Picture Canyon and in the surrounding Flagstaff area. Join volunteer rangers Rick Ruess and Diana Henry to see which critters live in Northern Arizona full-time and who visits during their migration. Learn about wildlife etiquette. Additional photos and materials will be on display for those who come early.


Guided Walk
Saturday, July 27th • Dairy Springs Campground • 3:00–3:45 p.m.

Join volunteer rangers for a family-friendly 1/2 mile stroll along the Dairy Springs Loop Trail, and learn about the clues that indicate the health of a forest. Hike begins at the campground amphitheater. No dogs please.


Evening Ranger Talk
Saturday, July 27th • Pine Grove Campground Amphitheater • 8:00–8:45 p.m.

Fire and Desire, Making a Home in the Mountains will be presented by Ranger Bill Quade. Our little portion of the world hosts 600+ volcanoes, diverse Native cultures, and the largest contiguous Ponderosa forest in the world. Campground amphitheater.

 
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: July 10, 2019

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

6400 U.S. 89
Flagstaff, AZ 86004

Phone:

(928) 526-0502

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