Ranger-led Activities

During the summer, join a ranger for a guided tour, short talk, or evening campfire program to learn more about the natural and cultural history of the park's incredible landscape. Below is a general description of the types of Ranger Programs offered throughout the park.

To find out program topics and guided hike and ranger walk locations, view our calendar of events, or find a copy of the week's program schedule posted throughout the park when you arrive. Programs are scheduled about 2 weeks in advance.

Please note: The ranger-led programs listed below will not take place during the Dakota Nights Astronomy Festival, September 7, 8, and 9, 2018. Instead, please join us at one of the many activities scheduled for the festival.

Roosevelt's Maltese Cross Cabin

NPS / Katherine Plessner

Tours of Roosevelt's Maltese Cross Cabin

Daily through September 29, 2018
9:00, 10:00, and 11:00 am MT and 2:00, 3:00, and 4:00 pm MT
South Unit Visitor Center

Located just outside the South Unit Visitor Center, Roosevelt's cabin provides a glimpse into his experiences ranching in Dakota Territory.

Ranger-led tours are offered several times daily, June 3 - September 1, 2018. Self-led tours are available during visitor center hours, year round.

Accessibility: The path to the cabin is 30 yards long and paved. A ramp leads to the cabin door which is 30 inches wide. The bottom of the ramp and the cabin's threshold are 1 inch tall. The viewing area inside the cabin is 5 feet wide and 15 feet long. Voice amplification is not used.
colorful horizontal layers of rock on a hillside

Geology Talk

Daily through September 29, 2018
3:00 pm MT daily
Painted Canyon Overlook - South Unit

Gather at the Painted Canyon Overlook for a fun, hands-on presentation about the geology of the badlands. Discover why the badlands look the way they do and learn about the on-going transformation of this rugged land.

Accessibility: The overlook is paved and accessed by a 100 yard long sidewalk. Voice amplification is not used.

A ranger stands in front of a projection screen while visitors sit on amphitheater benches

Evening Programs

South Unit - Nightly through September 22
8:30 pm MT through August September 1st
8:00 pm MT beginning September 2nd
7:30 pm MT beginning September 16th
Cottonwood Campground Amphitheater

North Unit - Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays through August
8:00 pm CT through August 18
7:00 pm CT beginning August 19
Juniper Campground Amphitheater

Discover the wonders of Theodore Roosevelt National Park during a 45 minute presentation. Be inspired and informed about the park, its inhabitants, and its history. Program topics change nightly. View our calendar for details.

South Unit: A 100 yard long paved path leads from a parking lot to the back of a gravel-surfaced amphitheater. A short segment of the path is steep, the rest is nearly level. Rangers use voice amplification. Images are projected onto a large screen.
North Unit: Mostly level paved paths lead to the grass-surfaced amphitheater seating area. Voice amplification is not used.

A Ranger leads several people down a trail towards the viewer

Guided Hikes

Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays through September 29, 2018
9:00 am MT
South Unit, locations vary

Join a ranger for a badlands excursion. Hikes range in distance and difficulty and are offered at a different trailhead each day. Check our calendar for details on upcoming hikes. Dress for the weather, wear sturdy shoe, and bring plenty of water.

Accessibility: Guided hikes take place on dirt-surfaced trails. Tread surface is often uneven, narrow, and may be steep and/or have stairs. Voice amplification is not used.
Jr Ranger books and badges sitting beside binoculars and a ranger hat with a cabin in the background

Jr. Ranger Adventure

Every Saturday through August 18th
9:00 to 10:00 am MT
Old East Entrance Trailhead - South Unit

Meet at the Old East Entrance trailhead. Complete a Jr. Ranger book, hike the trail with a ranger (o.8 mile, easy), and earn a badge! Bring water, dress for the weather, and wear sturdy shoes.

Accessibility: Activities and hikes take place on dirt surfaces. Voice amplification is not used.
A full moon, cast in a red glow, rises above a badlands scene
NPS / Jeff Zylland

Full Moon Hikes

June 28 & 29
July 27 & 28
August 25 & 26

South Unit

Explore the badlands by the light of the moon. Space is limited. Pick up a free ticket in the South Unit Visitor Center on the day of the hike. Two hikes are offered each night. The first, a short, on-trail walk. The second is a longer, off-trail adventure.


Last updated: August 15, 2018

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