Ranger-led Activities

Each summer, rangers host a variety of programs in Theodore Roosevelt National Park. Below is an outline of the programs commonly offered. Ask a Park Ranger at a visitor center for program updates.

Roosevelt's Maltese Cross Cabin

NPS / Katherine Plessner

Tours of Roosevelt's Maltese Cross Cabin

Self-led tours year-round
Guided Tours: Done for the Season

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.
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 on ranger-led cabin tours.
A ranger stands in front of a projection screen while visitors sit on amphitheater benches

Evening Programs

Done for the Season
Cottonwood Campground Amphitheater (South Unit) at 8:00pm Mountain Time

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.

Body TextSouth 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.

colorful horizontal layers of rock on a hillside

Geology Talk

Done for the Season
Painted Canyon Overlook, South Unit
3:00pm Mountain Time

Join a hands-on exploration of the park's unique geology. Meet at the scenic overlook at the Painted Canyon Visitor Center (I-94, exit 32).

The Painted Canyon Overlook is located along an accessible sidewalk, approximately 75 yards from the visitor center parking lot. Voice amplification is not used.
A Ranger leads several people down a trail towards the viewer

Guided Hikes


Join a ranger and other park visitors for a group exploration of one of the park's many hiking trails. Along the way, discuss the natural features and processes you observe. Hikes vary in distance and difficulty. Hike locations, times, and topics are posted on weekly program schedules displayed throughout the park and on our online calendar of events.
Hikes take place on trails of different surfaces with varying tread widths and grades, and occasionally off-trail on dirt and grass surfaces. Trails considered to be wheelchair accessible are Boicourt, Skyline Vista, and Little Mo Nature Trail. All others are dirt and gravel surfaced with stairs and/or steep grades. Voice amplification is not used.

Last updated: September 10, 2022

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