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National Park Wilderness Hike Highlights Backcountry Springs
Fresh water springs are an important source of water in the arid badlands of Theodore Roosevelt National Park, but they are few and far between.Ranger John Heiser will lead a "Backcountry Spring Adventure" to one of the natural springs in the park's wilderness on Sunday, August 7.
"Backcountry springs sustain a wide variety of wildlife and plants in the park," said Superintendent Valerie Naylor."This hike will be an excellent opportunity to spend some time with an experienced ranger while exploring the challenges of life in the badlands."
Hikers should meet Heiser at the picnic area in the Juniper Campground in the park's North Unit at 9:00 a.m. CDT.Group size and weather conditions will determine the length and time of the hike, which could last from 4 to 6 hours and cover 2 to 6 miles.Participants should be prepared for strenuous hiking and variable weather, and should wear sturdy boots and durable clothes.Each person should bring plenty of drinking water, food, rain gear, sunscreen, and insect repellent. Binoculars, cameras, and a favorite poem or quote are also encouraged.In the case of extreme weather, the hike may be cancelled; please call the North Unit Visitor Center at 701-842-2333 for current information.
The final wilderness hike of the season is scheduled for September 4.