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National Park to celebrate Wilderness Act with hikes

To commemorate the 50-year anniversary of the Wilderness Act, which preserved 9.1 million acres of federal land, Theodore Roosevelt National Park is offering a variety of guided hikes to the public, according to a release.

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The first Wilderness Hike of the season will be offered in the park’s North Unit on Sunday. Hikers will meet at the picnic area in the Juniper Campground at 8 a.m. MDT. Depending on group size and weather, the outings will last from three to six hours, and will cover two to six miles.

Other hikes are scheduled for June 15 and Sept. 14.

Park rangers will lead hikes into a different area each week as part of “Taste of Wilderness” hikes. These hikes will be offered on Saturdays from June 7 through Aug. 23 in both the North and South Units. Hikers should meet at the designated trailhead at 8 a.m. MDT.

The trailhead will vary each week, depending upon the destination. Hikes will be between two to four miles and last between two and four hours.